corsaro wrote:I propose to set citymindist=5. Strangely, current setting is citymindist=2, which would produce a horrible smallpox game.
About the risk of smallpoxing (I hate smallpoxing at least as much as servers and clients hate it), it will probably not happen for a couple of reasons:
1 - in this Civ2Civ3 ruleset, the granary growing mechanism of the cities is not more pseudo-exponential (or was it pseudo-geometrical? I'm not a mathematician), but a more linear one, so you would want to let your cities grow faster and big, instead of spamming the world with useless tiny villages.
2 - also, the price of settlers is of 2 citizens, so every time you found a city you're losing 2 citizens in another one.
Even like this, I would keep citymindist=2 because I hate all patches that try to solve a problem beginning from the end. We should always let the player be free to do what he wants, while ENCOURAGING him to behave in some way. Still one may want to build a city close to another one for a strategical reason, while knowing the economical drawbacks of the operation.
Try to solve problems with patches (citymindist IS a patch) is like trying to lower the fever of a patient by putting him in a freezer cell.
Anyway, in GT01 which had citymindist=2 (WITHOUT the mentioned mods), wild smallpoxing didn't take place (if I can remember well, el_perdedor had lots of cities but I wouldn't regard him as a SMALLPOXER)
Then, if the mentioned mods in the growing system will not work enough in discouraging smallpox, we may try a different or a more radical one.