As an avid member of the FFA(Free For All) community, I’m asking you to please consider us when updating the game and making civs. I’m not asking you to revolve the game around our community, just to stop ruining the balance within this game mode.
I’ve played this game since it came out in 1999, and as much as I love the updates the game has gotten, it has come with a serious drawback.
The new civs aren’t balanced with FFA games in mind. I’m specifically talking of any civ that gets too strong post imp recourse bonuses.
In African Kingdoms Portuguese feitoria really ruined things for this community, causing many to stop playing entirely. I don’t care how well balanced it is in 1v1 and team games. It’s not balanced in FFA, and it can’t ever be, because it gives you an eternal source of gold and stone. Do you have any idea how much that ruins a 2 hour + game? Because the average FFA game is 2 hour +.
In Rize of Rajas Malay got the eternal fishtraps. This one isn’t nearly as big of a deal, but it falls into the same position. In 2 hour + games it becomes rediculous, leaving some civs with no counter.
Now in the latest expansion, Lords of the West, the new Burgundian civ has a bonus making its farms produce gold. While this is probably perfectly balanced in 1v1 and team games, again it breaks the game in FFA.
I almost exclusively play this game FFA with the occasional Diplo match, and for years now I have seen this community slowly dying. Why? Because some of the newer civs aren’t balanced with FFA in mind. So I ask. Please don’t forget us when making content. And if you really care, please fix what is currently broken.