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=Speculation=
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[[Erfworld]] functions according to the mechanics of a [[Turn|turn-based]] strategy game (though individual [[Unit|units]] interact in realtime). In the real world, such mechanics are artificially imposed to create a simulation of reality -- in Erfworld, these mechanics <b>are</b> reality, and govern the world in much the same way the laws of physics govern the real world.
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The "physics" of [[Erfworld]] are modeled on a strategy game combining [[Turn-Based Movement]] and [[Real-Time Combat]] mechanics.
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The mechanics of [[Erfworld]] include:
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The mechanics of Erfworld include:
 
==The Hex Grid==
==The Hex Grid==
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The geography of [[Erfworld]] is laid out as a hexagonal-grid wargaming map, with each hexagon known in short as a [[hex]]. Locations are described by non-cartesian X-Y coordinates (possibly designating a line of hexes and a specific hex within that line).
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The geography of [[Erfworld]] is laid out as a hexagonal-grid wargaming map. Locations are described by non-cartesian X-Y coordinates (possibly designating a line of hexes and a specific hex within that line).
 
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==[[Turn-Based Movement]]==
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==Movement==
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See the [[Movement]] page for a detailed examination of these rules.
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The [[Faction|sides]] of a confict alternate [[Turn|turns]]. In ''The Battle for Gobwin Knob'', the sequence of [[Turn|turns]] is: [[Charlie]]'s turn (early morning) [[Stanley]]'s turn (late morning), followed by [[Ansom]]'s turn (afternoon), followed by an interval between [[Turn|turns]] (night).
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The [[Faction|sides]] of a confict alternate [[Turn|turns]], which is known as a [[Turn-Based Movement]] mechanic. For instance, in ''The Battle for Gobwin Knob'', the sequence of [[Turn|turns]] is: [[Jillian|Jillian's]] Turn (barbarians move first), [[Transylvito|Transylvito's]] Turn, [[Charlie]]'s Turn (early morning) [[Stanley]]'s Turn (late morning), followed by the [[Royal Crown Coalition|RCC's]] Turn (afternoon), followed by dusk, then nighttime and a return to morning. Alliances change the turn order, so [[Jillian]] is never seen moving except on [[Royal Crown Coalition|RCC's]] [[Turn]].
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[[Units]] may only move to another [[hex]] during their [[Side|side's]] [[Turn|turn]]. Each [[Unit|unit]] has a specific amount of "[[Movement|Move]]" which determines how far it may travel during one turn. At the end of the [[Side|side's]] turn, its [[Units]] lose any unused Move, and may not leave their current [[hex]] until their [[Faction|side's]] next [[Turn]].
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[[Unit|Units]] may only move to another hex during their side's [[Turn|turn]]. Each [[Unit|unit]] has a specific amount of "move" which determines how far it may travel during one turn. At the end of the [[Faction|side]]'s turn, its [[Unit|units]] lose any unused move, and may not leave their current hex until their [[Faction|side's]] next [[Turn|turn]].
 
==Unit Statistics==
==Unit Statistics==
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Erfworld [[Unit|units]] all have statistics that govern their capabilities.
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See the [[Unit]] page for more details on these rules.
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[[Erfworld]] [[Unit|units]] all have statistics that govern their capabilities. Statistics are numerical values that denote particular abilities of the [[Unit]].
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Every [[Unit]] has a minimum of six basic statistics. Depending on its Natural Abilities, it may have more (Ie. Leadership).
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===Numerical Stats===
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[[Parson Gotti]] is a special case and should not be used as an example of the abilities of native [[Erfworld|Erfworlders]]. See the detailed entry on him for a list of his abilities and disabilities.
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A measure of the amount of combat a [[Unit]] has participated in. This statistic increases as the [[Unit]] [[Croaking|croaks]] enemies. The value of this statistic is hidden from other units and even from the [[Unit]] itself.
A measure of the amount of combat a [[Unit]] has participated in. This statistic increases as the [[Unit]] [[Croaking|croaks]] enemies. The value of this statistic is hidden from other units and even from the [[Unit]] itself.
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===Special Abilities===
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===Natural Abilities===
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Some [[Unit|units]] have one or more special abilities. Known examples include flight, fire, regeneration, and poison.
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Some [[Unit|units]] have one or more natural abilities. Known examples include flight, fire, regeneration, and poison.
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A [[unit]] with the Leadership ability is called a [[Warlord]] or [[commander]]. A [[unit]] with magic-using ability is called a [[Caster]] (more commonly, it is referred to by its specialty, such as [[Croakamancer]], [[Dirtamancer]], etc).
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A [[unit]] with the Leadership ability is called a [[Warlord]] or [[commander]]. A [[unit]] with magic-using ability is called a [[Caster]] (more commonly, it is referred to by its specialty, such as [[Croakamancer]], [[Dirtamancer]], etc). [[Warlord|Warlords]] and [[Caster|Casters]] can see the stats of a [[Unit|unit]] directly; [[Lookamancer|Lookamancers]] can determine the stats of [[Unit|units]] at a distance.
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===Determining Unit Stats===
 
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[[Warlord|Warlords]] and [[Caster|Casters]] can see the stats of a [[Unit|unit]] directly; [[Lookamancer|Lookamancers]] can determine the stats of [[Unit|units]] at a distance.
 
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[[Parson Gotti]] is a special case. He is a [[Warlord]] (albeit with a bonus of only 2), but can only see other units' stats by looking at them through a pair of 3-D glasses that came with his first [[Stupid Meal]]. Also, nobody (not even himself looking in the mirror using the glasses) can see [[Parson Gotti|Parson]]'s stats (the value "2" was inferred from the effect of his [[Warlord]] bonus on other allied units).
 
==Combat Mechanics==
==Combat Mechanics==
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See the [[Combat]] page for more details on these rules.
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[[Combat]] in [[Erfworld]] occurs inside a single [[hex]] or [[zone]]. (It is not yet known whether a hex border will stop attacks like it does [[Movement]].) Movement inside a [[hex]] is unrestricted for both [[Side|Sides]], allowing maneuver warfare on a limited scale. Attacking is simultaneous for all [[Side|Sides]], which makes this a [[Real-Time Combat]] mechanic.
===Stacking===
===Stacking===
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[[Units]] may group into [[Stack|stacks]] with allied [[units]]. This provides a combat bonus, which reaches a maximum value when 8 [[Unit|units]] are combined in a stack.
[[Units]] may group into [[Stack|stacks]] with allied [[units]]. This provides a combat bonus, which reaches a maximum value when 8 [[Unit|units]] are combined in a stack.
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A [[Warlord]] provides a bonus to [[units]] under its command. [[Warlords]] also enable [[units]] in their stack to make directed attacks against specific enemy [[units]], or to refrain from attacking at all.
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A [[Warlord]] (and sometimes [[Casters]]) provides a bonus to [[units]] under its command, as well as providing instructions and other benefits. [[Warlords]] also enable [[units]] in their stack to make directed attacks against specific enemy [[units]], or to refrain from attacking at all.
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[[Casters]] are able to function as [[Warlords]] with a zero bonus (however, they may provide other bonuses; for example, a [[Croakamancer]] leading [[Uncroaked|uncroaked units]] provides a bonus to their combat ability). This is generally not done, because [[Casters]] are too valuable to risk.
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===Attacking===
===Attacking===
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[[Units]] in effective range of enemy Units may attack the enemy, and are sometimes forced to. The determination of which Unit kills its opponent is determined by the [[Combat_(stat)|Combat Statistic]], [[Defense|Defense Statistic]], various bonuses (Stacking bonus, multiple Leadership bonuses, Dance Fighting bonus, Terrain bonus, etc.), and types of weapons being used by both sides. Damage can only be inflicted when the weapon is capable of reaching the opponent (ie. melee units cannot damage a flying unit with a ranged attack).
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[[Unit|Units]] that come into contact with non-allied [[Unit|units]] (by entering the same hex) must automatically attack if they are not accompanied by a [[Warlord]]. As noted above, a stack with a [[Warlord]] can fight more selectively.
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===Defending===
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Defenders ([[Sides]] that are not on [[Turn]]) in [[Erfworld]] are limited in their activities. They cannot normally cast [[Magic|spells]] or [[Movement|Move]] out of the [[hex]], although movement inside the hex is permitted. When a non-allied [[Side]] has [[Units]] in the same [[hex]], the defender can reorganize stacks, attack, cast [[Magic|spells]], and generally do anything it normally would on Turn if it were attacking.
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===Dance Fighting===
 
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Correctly led [[Unit|units]] can gain (substantial) bonuses by incorporating dance moves and rhythm into their fighting style. Unled [[Unit|units]] generally cannot dance fight, but [[Uncroaked|uncroaked units]] led by a [[master-class]] [[Croakamancer]] ''can''. Being appropriately dressed for your style of dancing seems to help. Taste seems not to be an issue.
 
==Miscellanea==
==Miscellanea==
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===Relative Time===
===Relative Time===
As noted above, the time of day in Erfworld is related to the sequence of [[Turn|turns]]. The fact that the sun sets after [[Ansom]] declares the end of his [[Faction|side]]'s [[Turn|turn]] may imply that the [[Turn|turn]] cycle governs the time of day, rather than vice versa.
As noted above, the time of day in Erfworld is related to the sequence of [[Turn|turns]]. The fact that the sun sets after [[Ansom]] declares the end of his [[Faction|side]]'s [[Turn|turn]] may imply that the [[Turn|turn]] cycle governs the time of day, rather than vice versa.
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[[Category:Erfworld Mechanics]]
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[[Category:Speculation]]
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Revision as of 14:45, 2 May 2009

Contents

Speculation

The "physics" of Erfworld are modeled on a strategy game combining Turn-Based Movement and Real-Time Combat mechanics.

The mechanics of Erfworld include:


The Hex Grid

The geography of Erfworld is laid out as a hexagonal-grid wargaming map, with each hexagon known in short as a hex. Locations are described by non-cartesian X-Y coordinates (possibly designating a line of hexes and a specific hex within that line).


Movement

See the Movement page for a detailed examination of these rules.

The sides of a confict alternate turns, which is known as a Turn-Based Movement mechanic. For instance, in The Battle for Gobwin Knob, the sequence of turns is: Jillian's Turn (barbarians move first), Transylvito's Turn, Charlie's Turn (early morning) Stanley's Turn (late morning), followed by the RCC's Turn (afternoon), followed by dusk, then nighttime and a return to morning. Alliances change the turn order, so Jillian is never seen moving except on RCC's Turn.

Units may only move to another hex during their side's turn. Each unit has a specific amount of "Move" which determines how far it may travel during one turn. At the end of the side's turn, its Units lose any unused Move, and may not leave their current hex until their side's next Turn.


Unit Statistics

See the Unit page for more details on these rules.

Erfworld units all have statistics that govern their capabilities. Statistics are numerical values that denote particular abilities of the Unit.

Every Unit has a minimum of six basic statistics. Depending on its Natural Abilities, it may have more (Ie. Leadership).

Parson Gotti is a special case and should not be used as an example of the abilities of native Erfworlders. See the detailed entry on him for a list of his abilities and disabilities.

Move: A measure of a unit's ability to travel across the hex grid. Units have their move reset to its full value at the beginning of their side's turn; unused move reverts to zero at the end of the turn.

Hits: A measure of the amount of damage the unit can sustain before it is croaked. Units regain all lost hits at the beginning of their sides turn.

Combat: Not explicitly described; apparently a measure of the unit's ability to inflict damage. (It is transcribed as "Attack" in one of Parson's Klog entries.)

Defense: Not explicitly described; apparently a measure of the unit's ability to minimize or avoid damage from an attack.

Level: A measure of a Unit's relative power vs. other Units of the same type. Level is a statistic that increases, thanks to Experience gains. As Level increases, new abilities may become available.

Experience: A measure of the amount of combat a Unit has participated in. This statistic increases as the Unit croaks enemies. The value of this statistic is hidden from other units and even from the Unit itself.

Natural Abilities

Some units have one or more natural abilities. Known examples include flight, fire, regeneration, and poison.

A unit with the Leadership ability is called a Warlord or commander. A unit with magic-using ability is called a Caster (more commonly, it is referred to by its specialty, such as Croakamancer, Dirtamancer, etc). Warlords and Casters can see the stats of a unit directly; Lookamancers can determine the stats of units at a distance.


Combat Mechanics

See the Combat page for more details on these rules.

Combat in Erfworld occurs inside a single hex or zone. (It is not yet known whether a hex border will stop attacks like it does Movement.) Movement inside a hex is unrestricted for both Sides, allowing maneuver warfare on a limited scale. Attacking is simultaneous for all Sides, which makes this a Real-Time Combat mechanic.

Stacking

Units may group into stacks with allied units. This provides a combat bonus, which reaches a maximum value when 8 units are combined in a stack.

A Warlord (and sometimes Casters) provides a bonus to units under its command, as well as providing instructions and other benefits. Warlords also enable units in their stack to make directed attacks against specific enemy units, or to refrain from attacking at all.

Attacking

Units in effective range of enemy Units may attack the enemy, and are sometimes forced to. The determination of which Unit kills its opponent is determined by the Combat Statistic, Defense Statistic, various bonuses (Stacking bonus, multiple Leadership bonuses, Dance Fighting bonus, Terrain bonus, etc.), and types of weapons being used by both sides. Damage can only be inflicted when the weapon is capable of reaching the opponent (ie. melee units cannot damage a flying unit with a ranged attack).

Defending

Defenders (Sides that are not on Turn) in Erfworld are limited in their activities. They cannot normally cast spells or Move out of the hex, although movement inside the hex is permitted. When a non-allied Side has Units in the same hex, the defender can reorganize stacks, attack, cast spells, and generally do anything it normally would on Turn if it were attacking.


Miscellanea

Relative Time

As noted above, the time of day in Erfworld is related to the sequence of turns. The fact that the sun sets after Ansom declares the end of his side's turn may imply that the turn cycle governs the time of day, rather than vice versa.

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