stijn wrote:i think all homm ai's have cheated, i know for sure the h2 ai cheated, and the ai can cheat all they want imho, cause the ai will never be able to outsmart a good player
Unlike some others this has never been a concern of mine, all the way back to Master of Orion and their fleets of 32,000+ ships (ever try and build that many) and before the AI has had to cheat to compete. The AI improvements should concentrate on decision making, leaving untouched unprotected artifacts, resources, dwelling, etc. As far as giving the AI extra resources, creatures that is an irritant to some, but it currently is the most used AI boost mapmakers use right now. As you said no current computer program running on PCs at a reasonable price is going to compete for long against a good opponent without some ‘unfair’ help.