Colossus - Settings in Preferences Window
This document describes the various available settings in the Preferences
Window (displayable by "MasterBoard menu" => "Window" => "Preferences...")
This window has six tabbed panes:
The first two help to distinct on the Battle Map which chits belong
to which player.
As name says.
Normally defender's battle chits are shown upside down, so that one can distinct
attacker and defender. With this setting they are not upside down.
Hit Roll and Dice indicators
From the Law of Titan rulebook: "The number of dice thrown in a
rangestrike is determined by the character's Range-strength, which is
equal to one half the character's Power-factor, rounded down."
In Colossus, when you click on a creature that is able to strike or
rangestrike a red die indicating the roll needed for a successful hit will be
displayed on each creature in range.
If the number of dice to be rolled for striking a certain creature is
different than what it would be just based on the striker's power-factor
(e.g. due to hazards or rangestrike) a green number (positive or negative)
will be displayed over a second, blue/red die on that creature.
The following three options decide whether a certain indicator is
displayed or not.
Will show some red dice indicating which roll you need to make a hit.
E.g. for equal-skilled characters and no terrain influences that is a
four; but if they have different skill or e.g. a non-native trying to
strike a native creature in a bramble hex, there might be a different
roll needed (less than four if the attackers skill is higher than
the defenders, or e.g. 5 or 6 for the bramble example).
Some terrains, like dunes in the desert, cause a non-native attacker
striking up to have less dice to roll, or the attacker (e.g. a lion)
striking down to have 1 or 2 dice added.
Similar to the previous, but this one affects whether to show
it if the difference is caused by rangestriking.
Here are several options that you can make the game automatically do
certain tasks for you; they would then be done mostly the same way as the
SimpleAI would do it.
During begin of the game, you are asked to select a color. With this
option set, the system will pick the first one which is still available
from your list of preferred colors (when you have set them in
Color tab); without any preferred colors
set (or all already taken by human players before you),
the system will simply pick one for you randomly.
If you don't care which marker will be taken for splitting a legion
(or as initial marker at game start), then mark this option
- the system will just pick one for you randomly.
When teleporting or when there is more than one path how you can reach
a certain target land to attack an enemy legion there, you have to choose
from which side you want to enter. For example, from
Woods 30 with a movement roll of 5 or 6, you can get to the Desert 35
directly (entering from left), or going around (entering from bottom).
This makes only a difference if the target land is occupied by another
player's legion, i.e. there will be an engagement.
Normally you would be prompted to pick the entry side; this option
automatically picks one side for you.
Creatures engaged in a battle with exactly one opponent creature,
can naturally only strike that opponent creature, and this strike is
mandatory - thus this option would automatically do all those strikes.
It leaves the one where there is more than one possible strike target
for you. (Those are still mandatory, but it's your choice where to strike).
Similar to the above, if there is only one possible carry target for excess hits (more hits than needed to kill the primary target).
Similar to the above, if there is only one possible rangestrike
target. One notable difference is, rangestrikes are not mandatory -
there might be rare situations where you do not want to use all
rangestrikes; if you play with such subtle strategy skills, in this
case you should not use this option.
Will automatically decide whether to summon an angel, and if so, which
one. It uses the AI functionality for the decision whether to summon.
There might be situations when you want not to summon (especially the
after battle summon), e.g. to muster something stronger
instead. Usually the AI should decide "right" in this case but...
With this enabled, you don't need to click "Done" in some situations
where there is nothing else you can do. Right now, this covers the two cases:
If there is something to recruit, then this will not automatically
finish the recruit phase after the last recruiting was done,
neither whether you did it or Auto-recruit did it.
Will automatically acquire the angel(s) after a won battle. Uses also
the AI functionality to decide whether to acquire (or not, e.g. to
have still space for a possible stronger recruit).
- After the last engagement
- A recruit phase in which is no recruit action at all
If you want full control - don't use this. Then you will be prompted.
This will, at the beginning of your Muster Recruits phase, already
select one recruit for every legion that can do so. This speeds up
the game enormously, since in the majority of cases it will pick
for you the one you would pick anyway, and you can review already
during your movement phase what you would get there (but see note
And you can then always override the choice this automatic mode had
made for you - same as how you could undo and redo any other of the
recruit choices you made yourself. Just click the legion once (then
the chit disappears and nothing is mustered) and click again to get
the "Pick recruit" dialog.
This auto recruit will usually pick the "best" possible recruit -
which is in most (but not in all!) cases the "strongest" possible one;
the best might instead be something that we call a "recruit hint". For
example, if you have two Lions, no griffon yet, you are in a plains,
and a Desert is in reach, then you could take a Lion or a Ranger: in
this case the recruit hint is to take the Lion (not the Ranger), to
enable you to get then in the Desert the griffon.
(Naturally someone might want to take the 3rd Lion even if no Desert
is directly in reach [with one dice roll], but the situation above is
how the hint is written and how thus the AIs play.)
See under Show
recruit preview chits... in Graphics/View tab for some
NOTE: There are some very rare cases, where the
actual pick recruit will pick something different than what the
recruit preview (during move phase) showed, even in "Recruit hint"
mode. Details see also under the "Show recruit preview chits..."
description. I hope to tackle this one day...
When you have several different creatures that allow you to muster a
new recruit, you have to decide which creatures to reveal to the other
players - what entitles you to muster a certain creature: for example,
do you take the Cyclops with the two Gargoyles or the Cyclops you
If you don't care what is revealed, for example if every player can
peek into everyone's legions anyway (most people play like this, and
that is the default mode), it's just convenient to let the game just
pick whatever choice for you.
If, at the other hand, you play with the option setting "Only own
legions" (see option "Viewable legion content" in Setting in Get
Players startup dialog), i.e. as close to "real board game Titan
possible", you might want to have control what is revealed and not use this
Will automatically decide whether and which reinforcement to take during
This will automatically play for you - everything. It will play with
the same logic as the SimpleAI plays. Note that this "play like an AI"
also affects to certain other behavior aspects. For example, you will
not get the "Game over, XXX wins" dialog.
After selecting this option (when it is currently already your turn),
you still have to do one action (split or move one legion, or press
the Done button) before the AI kicks in and continues. If you
enable this while it is currently another player's turn the AI should
start automatically play for you once your turn starts.
(Enabling it during a battle does not work).
Unlike all other options, this one here is not saved in your user options!
If it would be saved, or you would put it manually there, when the
game starts your player won't even get a MasterBoard (nor any other
window... perhaps the AutoInspector window, but that's a bug ;-) - this
is, because this player is treated like an AI client then, and AIs simply do not get a board.
One possible use case for this is, if you play with several
remote/network players and you have to postpone the game to another
date. At that new date some player might not have time, or not be
interested to continue. In this case, one of the remaining players can
start another network client (on his own machine!) in place of the
missing one, and mostly immediatey set this client to Auto
play. You will then get an additional window, but you can minimize
that and it should not bother too much. Better than not be able to
play at all.
Tip for "hacker-type" users: For the missing-player scenario,
you can even modify the saved .xml file and replace there the player
type "Human" with something else, like "SimpleAI" or
"RationalAI". (Technical implementation of this file may change, or
perhaps may never change, but right now, technically there is no problem to
do this trick). Then you don't even get the superfluous window(s).
The first four settings somehow effect the graphics - what or how something
is shown. The first group are all kind of just optical differences
- which colors, rounded corners and such.
The other two affect more the "View", whether/how something is shown.
Okay, here the detailed descriptions for both groups:
Slightly different showing of some corners of something ... *shrug*
The different lands on the masterboard can just be a base color and a
text printed in it, or show some fancy small graphical "overlay" picture,
resembling the picture in original Titan masterboard.
Until recently changing this setting took only effect after a rescale,
should be fixed now (2007 July).
Print the name and values (skill and power) on creatures in black
rather than in the creature's color.
After changing this only newly added chits will look different. The
ones already visible on the board do not change immediately...
And now the two "content"-affecting ones:
When you click on a legion to move somewhere, lands light up where this
legion can move to. In those lands are then shown small chits denoting which
creatures this legion could muster there. This is called the recruit preview.
This offers 4 different (multiple exlusive) settings to decide
what is shown as recruit preview.
- None - Nothing is shown. Not sure if anyone needs this...
- Strongest - The "strongest" possible recruit is shown (see below).
- Recruit hint - A "recruit hint" is shown (see below).
- All - All possible recruits (that this legion could get there) are shown.
"Strongest" vs. "Recruit Hint"
Earlier there was only a setting "Show all recruit chits [or not]", and when not selected
that recruit preview showed then only one, the best recruit ...
but what is "the best", depends on the point of view.
Strongest is the one which is highest position in the recruit tree of that land
(visible with right click in that land, or autoinspector),
which is not in all cases the same as the one with the highest point value
(skill * power). Most notifiably in Tower, Warlock has point value 20, Guardian has 24,
still Warlock is the one highest in the tree, so with this setting "Strongest"
you will (given you are eligible both for Guardian and Warlock)
always be shown the Warlock (except in some exotic variants, perhaps).
This is also the setting which was in effect all the last years when there was
only the option "Show all recruit chits" (or not) and that was not selected -
it just showed the highest from the recruit tree. Which often was the same as what
autorecruit would take, but not always (see
Recruit preview vs. Auto recruit below).
Recruit hint shows, well, a recruit hint - a suggestion, what would be best
to take now considering "long term strategy".
For the different variants, there are (or can be) recruit hints. They suggest
to take, depending on (beside other things) land, creatures in the legion,
lands in reach etc., to take something different than "simply the strongest".
Only if there is no special hint, this hint defaults to the strongest.
Examples for such hints are, as under auto recruit already mentioned:
Other variants might have more, exotic combinations.
- Take a third Lion instead Ranger (to get later Griffon)
- Take a third Troll instead of Ranger (to get later Wyvern)
- Similar 3rd Centaur, 3rd Ogre, 3rd Cyclops
These hints are used also by the AI players to decide what to take.
Since the AIs behave mostly according to those hints, and Autoplay
options (Auto Recruit, in this case) behave like an AI, this recruit
hint preview mode basically (but see below) tells you which
creature the auto recruit will take then in the recruit phase. Using
this Auto recruit speeds up the game enormously: you can review
already during your move phase what you would get there, and during
the muster phase auto recruit picks that - in most cases this will be
the one you would pick anyway. Thus you basically need only to do
something special when you notice during move "ok, it suggests the
Ranger but I want a Lion!"; and only in this case
remember to change the recruitee in your recruit phase then for this
one or two legions.
(Comment 1: Unfortunately it happens, that when there are engagements, after them,
thus several minutes later, one has forgotten that one wanted to override
the auto recruit decition. Make a node to your ear to remind yourself of it ;-)
(Comment 2: I have a plan to, one day, implement some real "recruit already during move"
functionality, but this still needs to consider the "after engagement situation may have changed"
situation - due to the "according to the rules muster happen after the engagements").
Above it says basically, because there are rare situations
where this differs. Thus Auto recruit would then
pick something else than what was shown as preview (with
"recruit hint" setting) - but as said, it's very rare.
There are basically two possibilities causing this:
On the long run, the recruit phase later should then at least notify
about this differences, e.g.: "Note: recruit preview for legion
... showed you a Troll but now the autorecruit will take a Ranger" (=
not enough Trolls left) - so that you can review and revise your
recruit decisions, if needed.
- Creatures running out (including defender reinforcements)
If there is one Troll left, and you move 3 legions to a land where you
can get (as "best according to the recruit hint" of course) a Troll,
each of it will display the Troll. But only one of them can get it
later (this case perhaps *could* be fixed).
Also, according to rules, recruiting happens after all
engagements. This means, if a defender reinforces a Troll in his 4th
battle round, there will - when your recruit phase starts, after all
engagements resolved - be one Troll less in the caretakers stack than
it was during your move phase.
- Ongoing engagement blocks a path
Some (not all) recruit hints
depend on "which lands can you reach in next roll". If there is an
engagement somewhere in the possible movement pathes of a legion, the
evalutation "where can this legion move to?" cannot (will not) go
beyond this land where is an engagement. Whether you could go there
(in your next movement turn) will depend on the outcome of that
engagement (and/or the legion moves away by itself); thus, as example,
some Desert does not count as reachable and thus the recruit hint
would not suggest the 3rd Lion, show the Ranger instead.
then win the engagement, your own legion does not block the path to
that Desert thus the Auto-recruit will now take the 3rd Lion.
Probably there is no way to make
this 100% bulletproof already during move phase - one cannot predict
what will happen during the engagements. (For the 1 Troll left but 3
legions go to a land and get Troll shown as preview there are some
This option is only available if you play with the setting/mode
"Ever revealed (or concludable) since start"
(see option "Viewable legion content" in
Setting in Get
Players startup dialog). For the other two modes ("Only own
legions" and "True content for all legions") this option is simply
irrelevant/not meaningful, thus then it is inactive (greyed out).
In the "Ever revealed ..." mode, some creatures had been revealed, and some
others might be safely concluded (= are "certain") to be in a particular
legion you are looking at - e.g. with Autoinspector, or right-clicking
a legion marker.
For the remaining ones, the game always calculates some "best guess" -
what is most likely to be there; but this information is just a guess,
not "certain". Depending on this setting, for the uncertain ones are
then either shown the best guess (with a question mark over them), or
if Uncertain as blank is selected, it just shows a "blank" (=no
creature), only a question mark.
The rationale behind this is, if the best guess is shown, one might be
influenced by it, unconciously trusting it, and be fooled by it. Also sometimes
the question mark is easily overlooked on some creatures.
Here are some settings which effect the windows as a whole.
When a different window becomes relevant (as in "here is your action
needed now"), like, summoning during a battle you should select the
donor stack from master board, with this option enabled the
"to-become-active" window might grab the focus by itself (i.e. raise
on top of all other windows), instead of waiting for you to click on
it (or something like that... not sure ;-)
Change the scale (zoom factor) of the masterboard and all other windows.
This is very useful e.g. in Abyssal9, where the masterboard
is much bigger. Depending on the screen resolution some icons or
texts might then be too small to read them, but always scrolling is
This somewhat influences the Look & Feel, i.e. the borders and
text styles of the single windows (e.g. menus). Which "Look & Feel"
settings are available to you, might depend on your environment
(OS, Java version, Window system); e.g. for me on Windows XP the
following choices are offered:
You can define an order of favorite colors here. See
Auto pick color for details.
All three of them respect the "mark as skip" functionality.
During the Muster Phase, if the Done button is selected while there are still legions that
can recruit, but have not done so, then, if this option is enabled, a confirmation window
will pop to confirm that some recruits are deliberately not being taken.
During the Move Phase, if the Done button is selected while there are still legions that
have not moved, then, if this option is enabled, a confirmation window
will pop to confirm that some legions are deliberately not being moved.
During the Split Phase, if the Done button is selected while there are still legions that
are full but have not split, then, if this option is enabled, a confirmation window
will pop to confirm that some full legions are deliberately not being split.
Created January 2008.
Last updated July 6, 2010 by CleKa