The big change with today’s update is the rebalancing of item values and their effects on the game. It has been changed to give a little more control over the difficulty progression while in game. Combat related items have a greater effect on the overall Kingdom worth than they did before. Constructing walls, floors and decorations as well as crafting items like commemorative coins, etc still have a meaningful impact on the overall worth however.
This means that if you’re comfortable defending your current position you can focus on building structures and decorating rooms without a dramatic effect on attracting harder enemies. It also means that the best way to attract gnomads is to build up your military and let everyone know they’ll be safe migrating to your kingdom.
New kingdoms at first will likely attract fewer gnomads than before. Once your industry has started and can craft weapons and armor, it becomes easier to grow and you can achieve higher populations than before. Of course, you can still generate worth (and attract gnomads) crafting statues and puzzle boxes, but you’ll also have a hard time defending the upcoming attacks if those items make up the majority of your worth.
Overall, the changes help with different playstyles. If you prefer to rush weapons and armor, you’ll be able to quickly grow and also attract enemies that better match your strength. Alternatively, once you can protect your initial kingdom, you can take your time before deciding to move on and attract more gnomes and tougher enemies.
When loading existing games, it will recalculate your worth based on the new values. Some items from older saves might have a small difference in value than a new game, but shouldn’t have a large impact. If you’re loading a game with say 40 gnomes all wearing full steel armor, there will most likely be an immediate jump in difficulty that you might not be prepared for. I recommend starting a new game with this patch, but your old saves will still load if you want to try it out.
As usual with this kind of change, I’ll be making adjustments along the way based on feedback.
You can read the rest of the patch notes here.