Ele:WoM – Afterthoughts on Peashaskas

Well, where to start. That’s easy. I start by uninstalling the game. I’m pretty certain thatElemental: War of Magicis the worst game I’ve ever completed.

A picture is worth a thousand words

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Ele:WoM – The Rebirth of Peashaskas (Chapter 7)

Hello. You rejoin me just as I’m doing a spot of gardening. Magical gardening. Probably better described as terraforming. Magical terraforming. I’m not really sure why all these spells are in the game (and a lot of them are available very early) as the AI seems to have enough trouble without human players creating and destroying mountains all over the place. And sadly, you can’t destroy enemy cities by plunging them into the sea. And I can’t think of a reason why you’d ever want to raise an island out of the sea: a waste of previous mana that could otherwise be used for casting that tediousarcane arrow spell again and again. And I don’t think mountains do anything (unlike say, Alpha Centauri, which had a whole weather system built in). But lets forget about that. I haven’t used these spells all game, and one of my cities is trying to expand up the side of the mountain. It looks messy. So…

Such powers, man should not weild.

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Ele:WoM – The Rebirth of Peashaskas (Chapter 6)

The map, Summer 219AC

Ok, I’m even starting to get tired of Elemental’s lovely cloth map: the city names are hard to read when you zoom out due to lack of contrast. And the national borders don’t show up very well. But I hope you can make out from the map that the Kraxis Empire is nearly no more. Just a few remaining settlements clinging on in the north. Here’s hoping I can finish them off. I’ve managed to research some weaponry, so my new troops should have more of a bite. It looks like warstaffs are the best available option. I wonder when the magic great swords of certain doom will make an appearance. And on the magic side of things (as this is, after all, a War of Magic) I think I finally have a replacement for arcane arrow, namely a touch of entropy. Sadly it uses quite a bit more mana, so I’d better capture some more shards.

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Ele:WoM – The Rebirth of Peashaskas (Chapter 4)

Along with the settlment of Hiiliesplav (recently taken from the Kraxis Empire) I have another new addition to my Kingdom, the lovely Raline.

Yet another hireable character

Raline is promptly hired to join my cause, and I decide to try out the imbue spell, which means she gains the ability to cast spells. In hindsight, this turns out to be a bad move on my part as Raline is too stupid to cast even my lowly arcane arrow spell. So much for that. Luckily, I have another use for her.

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Ele:WoM – The Rebirth of Peashaskas (Chapter 2)

Now thatthe legendary silver flute has been found, it’s time to continue to explore my surrounds and get on with some empire kingdom building. Time to look at the map:

My immediate surroundings

Now, I have to give Ele:WoM some credit: it sure has a pretty map. One of the best things about the game: only CiV’s “Settles of Catan” style map rivals it in my opinion. bug sadly, maps aren’t everything, and so far, the game as hasn’t really grabbed me the way other 4x games do. Nothing has really happened. Still, it looks like that’s about to change, as I’ve just made first contact: Karavox from the Empire of Kraxis.

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Ele:WoM – The Rebirth of Peashaskas (Chapter 1)

Elemental: War of Magic was a pretty disappointing game. So much so, I never actually managed to complete a game: a mixture of uninspiring game mechanics and odd interface designs coupled with my sometimes short attention span meant that I never got past a hundred turns or so. Even the fairly major patches failed to entice me back. But now, a year or so later, and the Elemental: Fallen Enchantress beta is out. This expandalone/sequel looks pretty interesting as (a) the guy behind the CivIV:FfH2 mode is helping to design it, and (b) I’ll be getting a freebie copy. However, I don’t usually bother playing betas: life’s too short and anyway, I like discovering a game’s underlying systems and you can’t really do that when the rules change several times every game (unless you’re playing Fluxx). So instead, I’m going to revisit Ele:WoM.

Version 1.4 to be exact. I can’t imagine that this will go well, as I have a feeling a few of the main game systems have changed since I last played the game. Although saying that, it’s not like i ever figured how to play it anyway. 🙂 So, welcome to the world of Peashaskas (I let the game’s random name generator name my world)

My starting location

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