This sequential completion is unnecessary gatekeeping, people have already done so many of the things mentioned in the mastery line. Just allow us players to do it in any order, just because one didn’t kill a scout in dark age should not disregard beating hard AI. Mastery should be done passively, not like the player has to dedicate time and grind them.
Stop with MMO mechanics in RTS games, come on relic, give us the agency, stop gatekeeping.
I think the current approach is ideal. As you mention, mastery of something typically requires time, and dedication.
Mastery is like a civ-specific “Art of War” that helps you progressively learn about a civilization. Doing the steps in any order could hinder the educational experience of building on and applying what you had previously learned.
Making mastery easier to complete would run contrary to its goal (especially if players could skip some steps, but still get the XP from successive steps).
The other ramification of doing the steps in any order is that a player might only unlock the final one, getting the Strength IV portrait, banner, and monument rewards, without completing anything else. This could give the mistaken impression that they have completed the mastery, when they haven’t.
Am I doing something wrong or are the Masteries supposed to be one per game? I fill the criteria for say the next 2 in a row on a factions given mastery but I only ever get the next one, example, build 30 longbowmen as English, next is have 16 farms attached to mills I do both but only get awarded the mastery for the building 30 longbowman from the council Hall.
the masteries are a pile of garbage… didnt relic learn from DOW3? wtf are they locking things behind jumping though hoops.
we paid for the game, give us the content
instead i need to go out of my way to play in a stupid manner, only to have the masteries glitch out, meaning my time was completely wasted.
i want the rewards from the masteries, but being force to do retarded things over and over until i get the work around for a mastery (since so many of them are broken and cant simply be completed) is very annoying…
I just started some french mastery and I’m quite annoyed.
Why would you not let the player get several achievements in one game? I got the first 4 masteries in the first game expecting them to be done then, but unfortunately no.
Do you really expect me to enjoy grinding 15x8 games against AI to finish them? You should just finish some here and there while playing quick play, campaign etc.
Most of them can be done reasonably in a quick play game naturally, so at least you don’t have to play that many vs the AI, however yes they are intended to be something that shows time and dedication towards a civ.