Saw this game on Steam today and after taking a closer look I decided it was a must buy. I am have been playing total war and paradox games forever and can't say how great Hegemony is. Very well done.
Thanks, your comments are much appreciated.
Now I am just playing the version on steam, and I saw there was some Alpha updates for a Gold version or something. Where would I find these?
Yep, Hegemony: Philip of Macedon has actually been out since May so we're currently in the late stages of testing Hegemony Gold now. You can download gold here and it will install alongside the steam version and use the same registration code.
Also I read some reviews and saw some complaints about lack of diplomacy, but after playing for a bit I realize that I like the diplomacy. If someone likes you, they wont attack, if they don't like you, they will attack. Simple! :)
That was our initial plan, but in expanding Hegemony to the Peloponnesian War and adding the sandbox mode Hegemony Gold includes a new dynamic diplomacy system that lets you make truces and alliances with any other faction on the map. In gold, diplomacy is a balance between hostility and intimidation. So if a faction really dislikes you than it's going to be very expensive to negotiate a treaty unless you can intimidate them by bringing your whole army to their doorstep.
Only thing I find confusing so far is food, but I am sure it will come as I play more.
There's a lengthy article on food in the in-game manual but if you've got any specific questions feel free to post them here and I our someone else should be able to help you out.
PS. I saw mention of a sandbox mode where u can play other nations besides Macedon. Is that in the gold?
Yep, gold has a complete sandbox mode where you can start as any faction on the map and play just to grab territory without any boundaries or objectives. We are still in the process of balancing this but you're welcome to give a try and we'd love to hear what you think.
thanks for the reply! really enjoying the game. downloaded the gold version as well and gotta say it is awesome too. the sandbox mode could be epic! haveing a good game with the Paeonians right now.