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Greetings all!

As promised, today marks the return of developer diaries for Imperator: Rome. Today is a little special, as we are also announcing the release of the 1.5 Menander update coming tomorrow, as well as the augmented re-release of the Epirus content pack.

The Epirus pack was previously released as a pre-order bonus, but many of you have been asking for a way to acquire the content. As such, we decided to augment the pack with a new set of missions and a bloodline trait, which will be automatically applied for owners of the pre-order DLC.

What you've all been waiting for, however, is the collected patch notes for 1.5, which alongside the suite of new features we covered in previous dev diaries includes a large than usual collection of bugfixes, adjustments, and minor content.

As usual, we provide these for you a day early, so you can go wild and speculate!

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# Expansion Features
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  • A new set of missions has been added to the Epirus pack.
  • Pyrrhus now possesses a bloodline trait, for owners of the Epirus pack.
  • Any added content will be applied retrospectively for those who pre-ordered the game.
  • The Epirus pack is made available for purchase.
  • If Epirus dlc is active, Prove Legitimacy may acquire Pyrrhus’ bloodline

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# Free Features
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  • Cultural Integration: Added cultural integration feature, allowing you to grant or remove citizenship (or other poptype) rights for individual cultures within your borders.
  • Cultural Integration: Added Culture UI, giving you an overview of the cultural situation in your nation.
  • Cultural Integration: Added cultural decisions feature, letting you make important decisions on your treatment of individual cultures.
  • Cultural Integration: Added historically integrated cultures for Seleukid Empire, Antigonid Kingdom, Egypt, Thrace, Macedon, Bactria, Maurya, Cappadocia, Parthia and Syracuse.
  • Pops: Nobles poptype added. Nobles generate research and traderoutes, and have a high political weight
  • Pops: Political weight added. This simulates the influence of pops when generating unrestlow numbers of nobles with a high weight will generate more unrest than large numbers of slaves with a low political weight.
  • Rebellion Rework: Provinces can now rebel separately when their provincial loyalty reaches 0. Neighboring provinces will join in a rebellion if their loyalty reaches 0 while a revolt is ongoing.
  • Rebellion Rework: Provinces that rebel will declare their rebellion war using a new offensive wargoal that sets their own capital as the target.
  • Rebellion Rework: Subjects can now declare an independence war against their overlord without incurring a vast penalty.
  • Senate rework: characters now exercise their influence by controlling votes.
  • Senate rework: Nations now have 3 main senate factions, as opposed to 5. 3 unique factions are added for Rome, as well as a set for other republics.
  • Senate rework: senate approval now applies to most actions you may wish to take. Keeping the senate happy will reward you with more absolute power, but displeasing them will cause your rule to be ineffectual.
  • Senate Rework: Approval is now a global statistic, not balanced for each individual action.
  • Senate rework: Faction issues feature added. Fulfilling a faction's agenda will please them, however if they are elected they may attempt to push their agenda without your consent.
  • Trade rework: Trade goods now have a route-price, depending on the goods type. This is modified by whether a trade route is domestic, import, or export, and will generate commerce income for both parties.
  • Trade rework: Citizens and Nobles now generate trade routes for the Provinces in which they reside.
  • Trade rework: Tradegoods have been entirely rebalanced, reducing modifier quantity to a more manageable level, as well as now focusing on poptype modifiers.
  • Added ‘seek spouse’ character interaction.
  • Cross store multiplayer enabled for all our currently supported stores (Steam, Gog, Plaza, and MS Store)

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# Game Balance
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#Characters
  • Added new faction impact to character interactions
  • Increased disloyalty modifier of pretenders in Succession Crisis event from -10 to -25 and increased threshold for removing the Popular Successor character modifier from +33 to +40 loyalty
  • Influence a Character interaction now correctly requires the target to have at least 50 prominence
  • Plotting Quietly loyalty modifier is now correctly removed if the scheme is aborted
  • In order to attend a Triumph a commander will leave his army if one is held for them. A Triumph now requires that a character has at least 20 loyalty.
  • Adoptions are now restricted to primary state culture characters unless the cultural decision "Ease Restrictions on Citizenship" has been enacted.
# Economy
  • Slaves happiness no longer affects their output.
  • Slave output reduced marginally to account for the above.
  • Slave default happiness drastically reduced.
  • Slave political weight reduced.
  • Flat commerce income removed from all poptypes
# Governments
  • Revolts of Maurya, Seleukids and Antigonids will no longer be given generic empire names
# Religion
  • Added new apotheosis effect for converting pops to Nobles.
#Other
  • All characters that arrive in your country due to you annexing their homeland will now have a loyalty penalty for 5 years.
  • Country ranks Regional power, Major Power and Great Power now gives -5%, -10% and -15% War Score Reduction respectively.
  • Forming Persia is now possible for Anatolian and Caucasian culture countries, but requires that Persian culture is integrated.
  • Important foreign families that are taken in after annexation will now try to bring female members as well.
  • Reduced assimilation for all pop types.
  • Rome now have a unique invention that removes some of the requirements to intervene in wars
  • The Invention Career Negotiators now Gives War Score Cost Reduction.
  • The Invention Diplomatic Immunity now gives increased Subject Opinions.
  • The Invention Humane Conduct now gives War Score Cost reduction.
  • The Invention Noble Envoys now gives +1 Diplomatic relations.
  • The Invention Open Negotiations now gives +2 Diplomatic Reputation instead of +1.
  • The National Idea "Casus Belli" now gives War Score Cost reduction.
  • Deified rulers giving free investments will now never give more than 1.
  • Triumphs now give a more substantial loyalty boost, for 20 years, and their price is 30 Political Influence. A character being given a Triumph will gain either Victorious or Conqueror traits if they do not have a Status trait already, which will increase their Senate influence.
  • Added new culture map mode functionality. Cultures can be selected individually.
  • Added province selection secondary mode for culture and religion map modes
  • Stability, Tyranny, and Aggressive Expansion have now all been rebalanced. The primary effect of AE is now on internal stability.

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# AI
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# Diplomacy
  • Fixed huge AI budget reservation for opinion_diplomacy and removed it and army and navy_construction maximums from hardcode and put into script.
# Economy
  • AI now decides where to build forts partially decided on the economic value of its states
# War
  • AI armies will now prefer to deep strike less.
  • AI calculation for target number of generals and admirals have been made independent, helping nations with lots of fleets (e.g. Carthage).
  • AI invasions should be a bit more conservative selecting armies that could walk to goal
  • AI is a bit better at gathering its armies together into fewer stacks to match leader count.
  • AI may now decide to use its navies to blockade enemy fleets and ports if it doesn't have anything better to do and thinks it is safe.
  • AI will now achieve donkey
  • Fixed AI declaring war with non-adjacent claim somewhere far away when they could get a much closer claim by fabricating.
  • Fixed big AI countries like Maurya and Seleucids scheduling lots of naval invasions on land.
  • Made sure big AI countries are more keen to fight each other (WAR_POWER_FACTOR in defines).


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# Interface
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  • Added culture UI to track all cultures in a nation
  • Senate UI updated with new changes
  • Senate approval now tracked in top bar for republics

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# Script
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# Events
  • Added a backup solution if Pyrrhos decided to stay at home in the pre-order event chain.
  • Added a handful of flavour events for specific deities.
  • Added minor events on completion of provincial investments
# Setup
  • Added new barbarians for the two new culture groups that were split from Gallic
  • Added new Scythian cultures: Sakan, Thyssegetian, Legian, and Agathyrsian.
  • Added new Odrysian culture for Odrysia as well as parts of Thrace.
  • Renamed Celto-Pannonian, and split it into Scordiscian and Eraviscian.
  • Split the Gallic culture group into Gallic, Belgae, and Pannonian.
  • Split the old Belgae culture into several smaller cultures.
  • Split up Dacian culture.
  • Added Atavi culture for the tribal forest peoples in north eastern india.
  • Added Dardic culture for the north western Aryan areas.
  • Added a port to Naupaktos in Aetolia
  • Blemmyan culture is now part of the Meroitic group
  • Changed culture of Elis to Aetolian
  • Messenia now starts in the Mantineian defensive league, this should help their survivability against Sparta
  • Moved Rosmerta holy site from Cunetio in Britain to Scarponna in Gaul
  • Renamed Nilotic Culture Group to Egyptian. Moved Garamantic culture to the Numidian culture group.
  • Split Aryan into two culture groups. A new eastern group called Pracyan now represents the north eastern Indian cultures where Magadhi was the dominant court dialect.
  • Split Egyptian culture into Boharic, Sahidic and Faiyumic.
  • Changed Phthia Menid's culture to Thessalian
  • Ambrakia now starts as an OPM tag in Epirus
# Other
  • Added 4th Diadochi war events for Thrace
  • Added event to introduce Jewish minority characters in some cases.
  • Introduced tribal tattoos to some Egyptians out in the desert. They are now considered Tribesmen rather than Citizens.
  • Added historically integrated cultures for Seleukid Empire, Antigonid Kingdom, Egypt, Thrace, Macedon, Bactria, Maurya, Cappadocia, Parthia and Syracuse.
  • Added some characters in Dardania and Paeonia
  • Added tooltips to some 4th diadochi war events for clarity
  • Diadochi ultimatum events will now only release tributary subjects
  • Generic conquest missions are now disabled when a country has specific content for that region
  • If Cappadocia accepts Ariarathes back on the throne this will now make them independent of Phrygia. Phrygia will be able to go to war with Cappadocia to stop this if they are at peace when it happens.
  • Making Carthage a tributary as Rome will no longer transfer their subjects to Rome
  • Opened up road building in subject land.
  • Reduced price of granary and prospecting in generic infrastructure mission
  • Roman Colonia now take two years to become cities if not already
  • Seleukids now gain a temporary siege assault modifier for abandoning the Indus
  • Simplified tooltips of Seleukid-Mauryan starting event
  • The Armenian events relating to their Cappadocian pretender now has a chance to fire any year rather than always after 3 years.
  • The Diadochi war between Macedon and Antigonids will now include Antigonid's subjects
  • The Epigoni event will no longer fire for successor kingdoms who manage to reunify the Argead empire before their second ruler's death
  • added on_reign_ending onaction
  • added party: has_agenda = agenda_key trigger
  • added population_happiness, local_population_happiness
  • Changed party support entries to be party approval
  • Changed some script to fix an issue

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# Bugfixes
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  • Improved daily and monthly tick performance compared to version 1.4
  • Fixed AI Setting CallToArms affecting other nations joining you in the war instead of the other way around
  • Fixed Become Great Warrior 'finished_when' tooltip
  • Fixed civil war resolution not giving occupied provinces to their occupier
  • Fixed crash in the mission view related to mouse movement around GUI animations
  • Fixed culture of Mutasiva Vijaya to be Lankan just like his country and people.
  • Fixed destroyed subunits not reinforcing combat ( naval battles )
  • Fixed is_unit_locked trigger
  • Fixed isolated provinces being calculated properly now. It wasn't working in some edge cases
  • Fixed isolated provinces being calculated properly now. It wasn't...
  • Fixed the issue where recruited ex-Mercenary Rulers would not be able to befriend other characters using the 'Make Friend' Character Interaction.
  • Made Aleuadae, Philaidae, and Aiakidai names consistent with other Greek families names (Aleuadid, Philaid, Aiakid)
  • Revolts, etc, now copy military traditions alongside with tech
  • alliance now properly removes guarantees
  • fixed add_morale effect not working
  • fixed appearance of 'damage_unit_x_percent' effect
  • fixed appearance of 'damage_unit_x_percent' effect descriptions
  • fixed food shortage caused by units to flip-flop every monthly tick
  • fixed governor troops sacking the wrong city
  • fixed randomly generated rulers having a duplicate entry in the Our Rulers ledger category
  • fixed country claims not updating when conquering, releasing nations or selling provinces
  • mercs now get full food when hired
  • revolts no longer bring entire governorships
  • single-province countries now more likely to generate valid civil wars.
  • stopped rooting out pirates from deleting land mercs
  • tech progress now overflows instead of being reset to zero
  • unit action modifiers now factored into maintenance cost. Drill Army is no longer free
  • Added adulthood checks to the candidates chosen in Rising from Obscurity event, so no more infants rising to glory
  • Added bypass for Sicilian Champion mission if no Siceliote countries exist in Sicily
  • Added civil_war check to missions to stop revolt tags from selecting them
  • Added custom tooltip making Desecrate conditions clear
  • Added more limits to Hades hunger - the world is safe again
  • Added ping for Aeolia losing land in 4th Diadochi deal with Thrace
  • Changed pop setup so no province would start over pop capacity
  • Changed some misplaced islands off the coast of Italy
  • Fixed minor_character leaders of civil wars being executed immediately if the war ends quickly
  • Fixed references to Phrygia left over from 1.4
  • Fixed the issues with the first Athenian mission occasionally showing "null_family".
  • Hera will no longer give Citizen Happiness as both passive and active effects.
  • Removed loser portraits from civil war pings. Losers.
  • Tweaked Roman Assembly laws to better reflect historic party approval
  • Fixed clan chiefs spawning into enemy units
  • Added highlighting to the Magna Graecia development decisions
  • Ariarathes will now correctly lose the Foreign Citizen modifier on returning to Cappadocia
  • Child rulers can no longer start schemes through character interactions, no matter how ruthless that 8 year old things he is
  • Dismissing a Governor who was given free hands will now remove their loyalty benefit from it
  • Eagle Falls event for Rome disabled for naval battles
  • Event choosing capital after reunifying the Argead empire will no longer remove state investments
  • Fixed consort not dying in Eager Consort events. Death comes for us all.
  • Fixed swapped name and description for Matrist deities Perkunas and Mother Goddess
  • Roman deity Venus now grants passive modifier to population growth instead of population capacity
  • Term extension from Appoint Dictator is no longer removed after a year included in the original term
  • Characters will no longer seek underage patrons
  • Fix issue where minor characters created from script could end up as major characters by inheriting one of their parents' family
  • Fixed the issue with the mission task 'Securing the Coast of Africa' not having a proper count of provinces you held, if some of the provinces were held by subjects.
  • Make hordes have a 50% chance of female leaders when playing with mixed gender rules
  • Merging regular army units with migrants will no longer yield them migrant access.
  • You can no longer reassign leaders before the one year minimum by moving around cohorts to another unit.
  • Tweaks made to character marriage targeting. The first family in a country should no longer be preferred when doing marriage calculations.
  • Various engine level fixes and improvements

EDIT:

I appear to have missed a couple of things! I'll collate these here for those of you who don't want to trawl through the notes again:

  • Population capacity has received a total rebalance. It will be significantly harder to sustain high population cities.
  • Provincial investments have been rebalanced accordingly. Civic investment now grants 2.5% pop capacity, with extra building slots being moved to the religious investment. Oratory investment retains +1 trade route.
  • Libraries are now a Noble poptype building, granting noble happiness and desired ratio (at a lesser rate than other poptype buildings).
  • Academies now grant research points and noble ratio.
  • Marketplaces now grant 2.5% Local Base Trade Routes (from pops).
  • Road networks now grant 5% local base trade routes modifier instead of commerce income
  • Ports now grant 10% local base trade routes modifier to their entire Province, instead of +1 flat route
  • Forts have been made significantly more expensive to build and operate, but will now reduce local unrest in their Province by -0.25 per level.
  • Naval morale damage has been increased by approximately 25%
 
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These changes look great but I´m kinda worried that it´s going to significantly slow down conquest.
AE seems to steal huge amounts of stability now, which is going to introduce a whole variety of problems.
The export bonuses that make conquest easier have been removed without replacement.
The warscore changes seem nice, but in reality warscore reduction is often useless because of the minimum warscore you get and the amount of rounding that happens.
I'm still excited to play this, especially the nobles and the new rebellions look so cool.

It may seem that way initially, but it gives you a level of control over the pace of your expansion. Previously, you had very little in the way of tools to deal with the decay of AE; leading to a war-wait cycle. That does still exist in part (and leads to a reasonable loop in gameplay terms), but lets you build on your internal stability with deities, modifiers, inventions, and sacrifices/omens, to pace your conquest to your own liking.
 
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How will it be harder if you can keep spamming aqueducts that give pop capacity and trade routes via province investment which give virtually unlimited food access?

  • Libraries are now a Noble poptype building, granting noble happiness and desired ratio (at a lesser rate than other poptype buildings).
  • Academies now grant research points and noble ratio.
Also, two sources of noble pop ratio? Isn't it a bit too much? Im just worried it could be too easy to spam nobles everywhere that's all ;)

Many (too many to list) population capacity % modifiers have been reduced or removed, and aqueducts should not be infinitely sustainable any longer. It's still possible to develop regions heavily, but requires a much higher investment of power and money.

Noble ratio comes in 2% and 1% chunks. They are intended to be rare but powerful, with foreign nobles having the potential to cause a great deal of unrest, if unhappy.
 
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Yes. Giving one more try for sure!
But it is not totally clear for me how the marriage problem is tackled. There was a bug with several women having the same husband. The list does not say that this is resolved...

I believe that was resolved in one of the post-release 1.4.x patches. Solving the issue of eligible spouse ratio is a non-trivial problem. Overbalance, and we end up with a population explosion that stalls the game in later years, but we think we've hit a safer margin now. Additionally, you'll have the ability to seek a spouse from a great family in your realm via character interaction. This -is- treating a symptom of the issue, but be aware that we're also monitoring and tweaking the cause, too.
 
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Am I missing something? If anything, the army should attend the triumph with the Imperator as this was actually the only occasion when a general in command or a soldier in service was allowed to enter the city of Rome (I get that others could have a different arrangement but then again I'm not even sure anybody except Rome actually held triumphs for the victors).

Also when will we be able to sentence generals (perhaps disloyal?) to death if they enter the city of Rome? Entering the pomerium as a soldier/general or even with a weapon was considered a capital offense. ;)

In this case, triumph is now intended to be used as a political tool to reward a troublesome or beloved general. Consider Pompey's great triumph, or Caesar demanding his own (or else). You're giving a significant amount of wealth and prestige to one individual, in exchange for standing down without provoking a civil war.
 
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I'm quite curious about how these "local base trade route" modifiers will work. Any chance for a short explanation of how it works in-game, @Arheo?
Well now the nobles and citizens "produce" trade routes. That modifier will increase the number of trade routes they produce. And the one from ports will apply to the province total number, I suppose.

Pretty much this. Nobles and Citizens produce a flat number of trade routes per pop (similar to food consumption: unaffected by output). That number is collated on a territory level, where modifiers can be applied to it from various sources. The number of routes is then added together with all territories' values in the province, and applied to the final Provincial value. Any remainder is discarded. The results are quite satisfying in combination with the cultural mechanics, as you will see tomorrow :)
 
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I just hope that this will not turn out to be annoying - I like the idea behind, but I fear that this could mean sometimes routes constantly auto-dissolving, because you are close to a point where you gain/lose another route due fluctuating pop-levels.

This did prove to be the case. As such, if a route 'disappears' due to pop fluctuation, it can hang on for a while afterwards while the territory sets itself aright. This can lead to the occasional situation where a province has 9/8 trade routes, but is preferable to having constantly broken routes.

EDIT: Only one route can be 'saved' this way. Spontaneous mass-death of nobles will still be an economic issue.
 
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Tribesmen: Low Tax and Low Manpower
Slaves: Tax
Freemen: Low Tax and High Manpower
Citizens: Low Manpower, Low Research and Low Traderoutes
Nobles: High research and High traderoutes
 
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So what's the point of Citizens now?
like if they gave a moderate amount of all stuff then sure, but now they just sound useless.

That's where the new cultural rights system comes in. Nobles will give you a larger penalty to overall happiness than citizens; you'll have to make choices wisely.
 
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if it isn't released at 10 am it will be at 15:00 CEST. But some sort of comment on this from one of the devs like @Snow Crystal @Trin Tragula @Jamor @Arheo would be appreciated.

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It's not so complicated, I added one in Rome with a mod.
My problem was that I could not like this port to the sea so the ships were blocked there. ;P

Should do like we did around Pella, and make the Tiber a major river.
That way you'd make Rome into a river port directly connected to the sea.
 
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While you're at it, please add more rivers in India, I already made a post on reddit a while back listing of a bunch of rivers just as large and long as some of the navigable rivers in Europe (if not larger), that currently are not navigable, and it would add a lot of spice to a region that otherwise doesn't have many geographical obstacles in large portions of the map.

I didn't say we are adding Tiber as a major river, I said he should do so for his mod to make the port in Rome into something that works.
Link to the Reddit post?
 
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