The clunky Oreclad is replaced with the much lighter and faster Frigate: 0/120 for 12,500 plat, 2,500 ore, and 5,000 lumber. Each Frigate can house up to 8 units.
The Siege Ship is being upgraded into a Battleship: 40/40 for 60,000 plat, 15,000 ore, and 35,000 ore. Each Battleship houses 300 units and, if paired with 300 Ensigns, the Battleship gain 300 OP. A fully crewed Battleship yields 340 OP plus 900 OP from the Ensigns for a total of 1,240 OP.
Armada can no longer build homes or barracks.
Frigate and Battleship limited to two of each per Dock (increasable by improving Harbor). This means that one dock can house two Frigates and two Battleships (but not one Frigate and three Battleships).
In response, the Imperial Gnomes are tweaking their machinery:
Thanks to recent innovation and miniaturisation, Hammerer are being armed with exploding lances called arquebuses. Arquebusiers replace Hammerers: 3.5/0 – 320 plat, 60 ore – increases casualties (for the defender).
Automatons changed to 1/5, 555 plat, 110 ore, and 2 gems. Gets +1 OP if paired with 1 Arquebusier.
Catapults house 8 units.
Catapult and Airship limited to two of each per Factory (increasable by improving Workshops). This means that one Factory can house two Catapults and two Airships (but not one Catapult and three Airships).
The Demon Archdemons have convened and returned to the Empire with a new military composition:
Demons now have +30% population bonus and +50% population growth rate.
A new resource is being introduced: blood.
Demons start with 140,000 gallons of blood.
For every 1 raw OP or 1 raw DP a killed enemy soldier has, you gain 1/3 gallons of blood.
Every enemy spy killed during a failed operation (not Disbanded) and every draftee assassinated yields 1/3 gallons of blood and 1 soul.
Every peasant killed with Fireballs yields 1 soul.
The Hellhound returns: 4/0 for 450 platinum, 8 mana, and 6 blood. They train 3 ticks faster (6 tick training time) and return 6 ticks faster from battle.
Subjugator: 3/6 for 800 plat, 16 mana, and 12 blood. Subjugators count as 1/6 wizard on offence and cannot die when casting spells.
Succubus: 0/2 for 6 blood. These immortal temptresses sacrifice 0.04 peasants per tick (25 required to sacrifice a whole peasant). In exchange for their murderous desires, they raise the population growth rate by 2.5% for every 1% of the total population consisting of Succubus.
Every peasant sacrificed yields 1 soul, 1/3 gallons of blood, and 4 bushels of food.
Demon NW is increased by 0.1 for every 1 soul they have.
No construction costs on forest acres.
Gains +0.25% DP modifier for every 1% forest.
Orangutang and Gorilla costs changed to 1,000 plat, 100 lumber from 1,100 plat, 50 lumber.
Cannons changed to 1/4.
Cannons pairing limit removed.
Dark Elf changes:
Food consumption: -20%.
Swordsman and Gargoyle trade places.
Gargoyles: 4/0, no boats needed: 350 plat, 30 ore.
Swordsman: 0/4, 320 plat, 30 ore.
Adepts gain 0.025 XP/tick production.
Spirit Warrior cost changed to 1,000 plat, 25 mana.
Spirit Warrior OP bonus changed to +1 for >=75% and +1.5 for >=100%.
Gem production -25%.
Worker Ant reduced to 1.5 DP.
Giant Ant cost increased to 350 plat.
Flying Ant cost increased to 520 plat.
Max population lowered from 160% to 140%.
Sacred Order Holy Warrior renamed Paladin (a term previously reserved for the scrapped Templars faction).
Dragon Dragon units now burn 20 peasants each on attack.
Undead Skeleton gains increases casualties on offense perk.
Icekin Ice Elemental cost changed to 1,000 plat, 15 mana from 1,100 plat, 15 mana.
Lux Vex now trains in 9 ticks.
Halfling Staff Master casualty reduction removed.
Defensive conversions: conversions now work on defense as well, affecting all factions with conversion ability. Defensive conversions are 50% as effective as offensive conversions and the new units take 6 ticks to activate. They will appear in the training queue. Units with fixed offensive casualties greater than 50% cannot be converted (this rules out Ice Boulders, cannon balls, and the like).
Raze conversions: conversions now take place even for non-overwhelmed bounced.
Factions without advancements now get XP when invading and exploring (since XP is now also used to generate extra acres on invasion).
Platinum max storage raised from 5,000 plat/acre to 10,000 plat/acre.
General Rounds are now indefinitely long. Instead, a countdown starts when someone reaches a certain land size and when that countdown ends, the round ends. For round 44, the countdown is 12 hours and starts as soon as someone has reached 10,000 or more acres. A dominion is considered having reached this goal when they…
War is removed. All ops are available at all times after the 24-hour grace period at the beginning of the round. Peacekeepers League removed. Cost of exploration changed to sqrt(([Total Land] + [Land Incoming]))*([Total Land] + [Land Incoming])/6-1000. This is a small reduction on lower acres but a big increase for long-term exploring. After an…
No reduced construction costs on conquered or lost acres. Construction costs reduced by 25%. On the Search page, there is now an indicator which shows whether a Dominion’s troops are out (returns “Yes” if more than one unit is returning from invasion). The game will now remember most recent resources exchanged when you go to…
The 33% rule is removed. The rule required you to always leave 33% of your total DP at home. This is an experimental change and the rule might be reinstate during the round if things get too wacky. Slightly increased Barbarian growth rate and DPA targets. All units have been assigned attributes. More on those…
Ants: Pop bonus raised from +140% to +160%. Worker Ants now also produce food (+0.25 food/tick). Flying Ant changed to 3/1.5 and Forest Haven perk removed. Dwarf: Population bonus removed. Thundermaul cost changed to 100,000 ore, 150 gem, and 500 mana. Gains -50% casualties and immortal on fending off. Undead: Skeletons lose immortality and instead…
Due to the many bugs and issues faced during the Round 27, which required on-the-fly changes and fixes, very few changes are planned for Round 28. Forest Haven housing increased by Hideouts improvement. Wizard Guild housing increased by Towers improvement. Marshlings Spawning Pool changed from +0.50% Spawns per 1% swamp to +1% Spawns per 1%…