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    Age length

    Only 11 years? It seems to me that the ages are getting shorter. .... I rathee enjoy a slightly longer age.... maybe 12 - 15 weeks.... maybe I'mremembering it wrong, but I seem to remember that the last few ages were a bit longer. I hope that this doesn't come across as being too critical. Not trying to have an argument with anyone, just expressing a thought.......
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    Last age was only 10 years but the ones before were 14-17. You should always feel free to put forward your opinion regarding how long you prefer the age to be :)

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    We feel that the game and players begin to lose their competitive edge ages progress longer than Year 12 and thus have made the decision to aim for age length between 10-12 weeks. This provides enough time to enjoy the age and engage in fierce competition right up until the end of the age.
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    Whats the reason for not always having the same length? And what makes you decide how long an age will be?

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    Probably that they don't know if they will be busy or not if they set a specific date.

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    Yes, it's mostly set based on our availability to perform the code changes for the new age, conduct the necessary testing, and work around our availability to perform the age reset.

    The age reset and freeze time is the only time we have to work on major parts of the code and database that we otherwise cannot work on while it's in live use during the age. So our availability dictates when we can utilize what little time we do have during the reset!
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    That makes a lot of sense, cheers.

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    I have noticed a few players drop of late in an age, if you can also see a drop in activity after year 10 or so shortening the age a bit is a good decission even if I feel I'm having a great age and could easily go on for a long time. It is always a ballance I guess, if I have a bad age I would want it to end much sooner.

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    I notice activity dies once a kingdom realizes they stink and lose 2 wars =/

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    I don't understand why so few don't explore the possibilities.

    Digging out of a dreadful chain is a challenging aspect. Restarting a province, random moves, going merc for a war kingdom with an adoption. The possibilities can really boost your love of the game. For some reason many players stay stuck in their situation; it might be crappola war kingdom loosing streaks, top kingdom dwarf traffic with a CF nonsense cherry on top...

    Some of my favorite builds have been on the age outro, like joining Jerks "age off" with 5-6 weeks left. The elf cleric was my Crocodile Dundee 'knife lesson' to all I surveyed. In having relations with 3 kingdoms, including War Monkeys and Ascension, I like to think these things have a proving ground. There's a thrill when you have faith in your tank and you're surrounded.

    Ages go as long as they do and if I'm not having fun I find it.
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    I like a bit shorter ages. With long ages many loose interests.
    Its always fun to start a new age. Pretalks, strats, race setups etc.

    This age my kingdom have worked hard to get from a core of 6-8 and now we have 16-18.
    So we are really looking forward to a new age in time.

    10-11 weeks is perfect time
    14-17 weeks too long

    ps: pls give Elf or Mystic +1 mana :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Movitz View Post
    I like a bit shorter ages. With long ages many loose interests.
    Its always fun to start a new age. Pretalks, strats, race setups etc.

    This age my kingdom have worked hard to get from a core of 6-8 and now we have 16-18.
    So we are really looking forward to a new age in time.

    10-11 weeks is perfect time
    14-17 weeks too long

    ps: pls give Elf or Mystic +1 mana :-)
    I agree Movitz! I find there are 2 challenges with Utopia, 1) determining the 'best' setup (best is subjective as to what your personal or kd goals are) and 2) execution throughout the age. Both of these challenges provide their entertainment and engagement throughout the age. Constantly evaluating whether my choices for #1 were the right ones and analyzing why or why not and what others chose that was better. Having a shorter age allows more of that pre-age (end of age) thinking and planning with your Kingdom.
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    I wish it would be set length. Personally id wish it would be a set 12 Yrs every age. then the Devs know when to set up to do their stuff. The players know when it will and can also adjust their schedules.Not every kd is bored and slacks after yr 10

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    Shorter ages are better for just about every reason imo. Good stuff!
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    Shorter ages aren't bad imo, but it would be nice to have a fixed period each age or at least let players know way earlier the expexted eoa in advance. That information can help a kingdom plan its course for the rest of the age.

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