I had these thoughts a few days ago, about buildings in AoE2. I’m going to preface this by saying I don’t want total automation or anything, but I really think these would benefit the game. I’ve ranked them by how useful I think they will be. Here you go:
Exclude from “Select All”: The is a toggle button, that defaults to off. When turned on, using a select all hotkey ignores this building. This is especially useful for TCs, because later in the game, you often won’t want to use your starting TC to create villagers, but you might want other TCs to be able to do so. I’m expecting people to come back with just use control groups, but I don’t think that’s very viable for buildings. I’ve set all my hotkeys up personally to be as efficient as possible, meaning everything is on the left of the keyboard basically. Because of this, using any control group key above 5 is problematic for efficiency. I don’t want to sacrifice valuable keybinds on buildings, and I really shouldn’t have to, hence this idea.
Default unit stance: This is something I think will be quite handy. I really think that you should be able to configure the default stance for a unit when it is created. For example, I usually want my ranged units to start on stand ground, but my melee units to be on aggressive, or sometimes defensive if I don’t want them to wander off. This has the default stance options, and defaults to whatever the player default is in settings. I get that you can just change the unit, but in a large scale battle with new units constantly streaming in, that isn’t so easy, and I don’t just want my units to run away.
Create on attack move: This is with those large scale battles in mind. It’s a toggle, that starts off, and when turned on, units produced at that building will attack move towards the rally point, instead of just move. This stops them from just streaming in to die, especially if you are focusing somewhere else. It however runs the risk of them running into other military buildings and getting distracted, so it still requires effort, it’s just for certain situations that it can be very useful.\
Not rly, I am one of these vocal about being agauant auto Farm, but I would love attack move unit production.
For example is still don’t like how in low elo games the player whose auto scout survives dark age and effortlessly uncovers the hole map has a huge advantage over the low elo player hmehi lost his scout. (it laso affects high elo games especially in empire wars, as, seen in tournaments)
Honestly I don’t rly care about auto Farm thaz much anymore. While I enjoyed queuing farms and seeing enemies with idle farms that spent too much effort microing. It gave me an edge to win with superior focus on macro and never have idle farms. Auto Farm is a direct nerf to my playstyle.
Attack move unit production is the offset for auto Farm. I need this!
I disagree; that first button would be helpful, especially when playing lategame when you may have multiple groups of military production buildings all over the map Especially if you use slower non-cavalry units, you want buildings closer to the fight to produce them (less walking time), instead of buildings on the other side of the map.
I think it that situation it could be helpful, basically creating a custom control group that is easily edited on an individual building basis