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Settlement Building Balance Developer Spotlight – Nov 2020

CATANEirCATANEir Developer Posts: 25 Game Developer

Greetings Explorers!

For a long time now, we have been dissatisfied that playing a Building Card between building levels has been underwhelming. You put the effort into crafting the card and we want you to receive a satisfying reward every time. As a result, we’ve changed how Victory Point scoring works so that players and teams earn Victory Points with every card played and are excited to bring that to all of you this season!

This requires some balance changes, let’s get into it!

Overall

Each building card played in a Settlement will generate VP based on rarity:

  • +1 VP for Common 
  • +2 for Uncommon
  • +3 for Rare

The previous “+VP on each new building level” effect has been removed from non-VP buildings.

Culture buildings will now grant the following per building level by rarity:

  • +3 per level for Common (up from +2)
  • +5 per level for Uncommon (up from +4)
  • +8 per level for Rare (unchanged)


Common Cards

Settlement Upgrade – unchanged, note this card does not grant VP


Monument

Max Level: 99

Benefits:

  • +1 VP per level
  • +5 Resource Tokens of each resource type per level
  • +50 VP at level 50 and +50 VP at level 99


Bell Tower 

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +1 VP per level
  • +5 RP per level

Developer's Note:

There appears to be a bug on the card front which does not display the +5 RP effect. But the effect still works and can be seen on the Card Details screen.


Markets – Brick/Lumber/Wool/Grain/Ore

Max Level: 2

Benefits:

  • +1 VP per level
  • Lower trade exchange rate by 1 per level
  • Grant +50 resource tokens per level on harvest dice roll

Developer's Note:

There appears to be a bug on the card front which does not display the +50 Tokens on roll effect. But the effect still works and can be seen on the Card Details screen.


Crane

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +1 VP per level
  • +1 random Development Card per level

Developer's Note:

A previously reported bug that causes this building to not grant rewards at lvl 5 should be resolved in this version (1.20.1).


Fairgrounds

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +3 VP per level (up from +2)


Storehouse

Max Level: 10

Benefits:

  • +1 VP per level
  • Grant +50 random Resource Tokens per level on harvest dice roll


Uncommon Cards


Community Center

Max Level: 10

Benefits:

  • +2 VP per level
  • +25 VP at level 5, +50 VP at level 10

Developers Note:

We’re now able to implement an effect similar to the Monument, on a smaller scale to offer more strategic and interesting Faction choices.


Farmers Market

Max Level: 10

Benefits:

  • +2 VP per level
  • Lower all exchange rates by 1 at level 1
  • +100 random Resource Tokens per building level


Library

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +2 VP per level
  • +10 RP per building level


Plaza

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +5 VP per level (up from +4 VP)


Staple House

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +2 VP per level
  • +1 Random Development Card per level


Tavern

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +5 VP per level (up from +4 VP)


Treasury

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +2 VP per level
  • +1 Gold per level


Weaver's Shop

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +5 VP per level (up from +4 VP)


Rare Cards


Archive

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +4 VP per level
  • +40 VP at level 5, +80 VP at level 10

Developers Note:

We’re now able to implement an effect similar to the Monument, on a smaller scale to offer more strategic and interesting faction choices.


Festival Hall

Max Level: 10 (up from 5)

Benefits:

  • +8 VP per level


Producers – Brick Kiln/Lumber Mill/Wool Storage/Grain Silo/Ore Foundry

Max Level: 5

Benefits:

  • +4 VP per level
  • +300 Resource Tokens per level

Developer's Note:

There appears to be a bug on the card front which does not display the token awards on roll effect. But the effect still works and can be seen on the Card Details screen.


Yours

Eir and the CATAN – World Explorers Team

Comments

  • WindWind Member Posts: 48 ✭✭✭

    @CATANEir hello, tell me - does the crane and staple house offers uncommon/rare/epic cards? Lately since the season reset, all i get were bloody commons! Even at maxxed or close to levels.....

  • ZinkyZonkZinkyZonk Member Posts: 14 ✭✭

    Thank you for this information


    I would like to know the details of Crane and Staple House. Do they reward rare cards or have they been set to just give commons?

  • SchnuefuSchnuefu Member Posts: 105 ✭✭✭

    @denlillepirat has been nerfed

  • SchnuefuSchnuefu Member Posts: 105 ✭✭✭

    @CATANEir I think there's a typo at the treasury: You wrote: Maxlevel 5. The card ingame still says Maxlevel 10. What is it?

  • BATTFAMBATTFAM Member Posts: 26 ✭✭

    What does the +7 dice icon at the side mean? What does it do?

  • ColoniusColonius Member Posts: 3 ✭✭
    edited November 20

    Hi @CATANEir , thanks for explaining the new VP system for buildings and listing out the details of the building cards, that's very helpful!

    I found an issue though with the VP per card. You have described it as +1 VP for Common, +2 VP for Uncommon and +3 VP for Rare. However, I have noticed that the settlement VP (the number displayed above the Monument in the settlement screen) and our personal VP seem to reflect the VP per card as +1 VP for Uncommon and +2 VP for Rare. (Common is +1 VP as expected)

    So e.g. when I play one Brick Kiln card in a settlement, the settlement VP (and my personal VP) goes up by only 2 VP, instead of 3 VP.

    Is this just a display bug for the settlement VP and personal VP (but the region and global scores are updated correctly) ? Or are the region and global scores also updated incorrectly as well?

    Post edited by Colonius on
  • CharmqCharmq Member Posts: 88 ✭✭
    edited November 23

    @BATTFAM maybe it means +7 xp on roll? Haha idk. Mine was at level 2 and the dice logo shows +1

    edit: or it has to do with resource cards? The dice logo says +400 for community centre in my golden settlement (lvl2)

  • SchnuefuSchnuefu Member Posts: 105 ✭✭✭

    @BATTFAM @Charmq don't pay too much attention to that. The only correct info is on "Card Details" I think

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