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May
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comment What algorithm does Better Settlers use?
Definitely! Unfortunately though Better Settlers is just a fun side project for me, so I don't get as much time to devote to it as I'd like and haven't had a chance to finish creating one. Hopefully one day though :)
May
13
comment What algorithm does Better Settlers use?
as well as MapLogic.java which lays out the tiles (PlacementLogic.java lays out the "best" initial placement suggestions)
May
13
answered What algorithm does Better Settlers use?
May
8
comment Why are the port arrangements in Better Settlers not like the arrangements in my game?
To answer the question, the balance of ports is definitely still aimed to be maintained and even improved from the original way they're spaced out. What makes Better Settlers special is it has the ability to lay out a board that doesn't require special, repeatable instructions. So while using Better Settlers, you'll notice the ports are more randomly spaced, but still maintain a balance across the entire board. Same goes with the Seafarers expansion of Better Settlers.
May
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comment Why are the port arrangements in Better Settlers not like the arrangements in my game?
Sure! See my answer below
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May
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answered Why are the port arrangements in Better Settlers not like the arrangements in my game?
May
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comment What do the colors mean on Better Settlers?
I am the creator of Better Settlers and I approve this correct answer :)
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comment Distribution of tokens in Standard 4 player catan?
I wrote Better Settlers. The main goal of it is to try to lay out the tiles/probabilities/harbors in such a way that it's random, but in a fair way. My friends and I got tired of playing games where the winner was decided with the initial placements. Since it doesn't follow the traditional "spiral out with numbers" strategy, it also adds more variability to games. Some people love it, some hate it, but if you have further questions (stackexchange comments don't allow full explanations :), feel free to ping me emailus(at)bettersettlers.com. There's also an Android app for those interested