Units have different buttons based on their unit type/skills, for example: a Rodelero (melee infantry) has a “Cover” mode that raises shields gains protection and loses movement, a Musketeer (ranged infantry) has a “split apart” mode that units spread to have less cannon damage, a Cuirassier has “trample” button that deals area of damage in exchange of speed and continuos damage to self as the image bellow.
There are some problems under this system, for starts we lack “Formation” (line, square, wedge) as default we have line and we can “form” a square with line of units.
Ranged units when we change for melee and then change to spread them they return to ranged mode, artillery (canons) cant hold their ground.
Melee and Cavalry dont have a spreed formation vs artillery (cavs dont need it much, but melee infantry do).
Mode: Range and Melee, “togable” as with artillery. Determines what weapon will the unit will use to attack.
Note: Icons are for explanatory purposes.
Stance: Agressive(default), Defensive, Passive, Stealth, Trample. Determines how the unit will engage and its ai.
It could be futher tweaked to:
- Aggresive: (Charge) increase movement speed by x%
- Deffensive: Holds ground and only engage when in range, for melee units to increase melee resistance by x% if using a shield to increase ranged resistance too (as it does now in game), for ranged to increase melee resistance
- Passive: could be tweaked to (guard mode) unit dont get any bonus, doesnt chase but attacks back
Formations: Line, Spread, Wedge
Some times artillery could be tearing our armies down, so no mather the unit type spread could be usefull, or sometimes we are getting our cannons rushed, square could be usefull.
Note: Yep they are icons from aoe 2
Each Mode, Stance and formation to be independant from another allowing us players to change them to what we want. Examples:
Aoe 3 along Aoe Online, are the ones that dont have proper formations, of course I dont know how troublesome would be to change it but I think it should be a must in the future.
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