Pilots are an important part of your Mechs - they are the gutsy guys and gals whom pilot your Mechs in battle and their experience, abilities and skills are represented by Pilot cards.
The New Population System
Since we started, we've been looking at ways to create a believable world, we wanted to give you guys all the little details about the settlements and Districts populating the Techniconica world.
At the same time, we wanted the settlements themselves to have "organic" growth - something we couldn't really do without having an more realistic population simulation that could move around the world. To this end, we spent a few days creating a sub-system to track the population of Technniconica at any given time which runs around the clock, tracking the populace as they move around, marry, have children and ultimately die.
To do that, our subsystem tracked each and every individual on Techniconica, year to year, assigning new babies a random sex and tracked their movements as settlements were established and people flocked to them and then have children.
The system is rather simple - each year we iterated over every alive human on Techniconica and then randomly "roll" for their chances of survival (some years are certainly more lethal than others - particular during times of plagues & war ;-)). If there were of the correct age and gender, they may also spawn children, which were also tracked in the same way. We built the system to be as simple as possible (to be easily computed) but granular enough to allow us to see where people are going.
This allowed us to build up a plethora of statistics as well as track individuals through their life journeys and will be making that data available as we build the tools to extract and exploit it all this data.
So watch this space for updated population data!
Some Other Blog Posts
When we introduced pilot Re-Rolls (RR) stat as we wanted the make choosing your Pilots slightly more difficult and give you another consideration - as before the only thing you could really review were their Accuracy - which was pretty easy and straight forward - you just used the most Accurate Pilot and that was that.