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Thorfinn the Shallow Minded

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  1. There could be the option of introducing technologies that make their infantry better at destroying and/or capturing structures.
  2. Giving them crush damage does sound gimmicky to me (See Obsidian Arrows Technology). I would prefer something along the lines of them having longer range; that was a key advantage that Xenophon mentioned. Throw in some extra pierce damage and you have a reasonable upgrade in my mind.
  3. The structure was also primarily used by the nine Archons, who primarily worked in ceremonial and judicial functions. If I were to give an aura suggestion, it would be that whenever a hero unit is nearby, a global ability of said unit would be increased by a marginal amount. This could be offset by, if we go along with the idea of there being two heroes simultaneously, having only one ability be buffed at a time.
  4. We actually do. Diodorus writes on the Siege of Rhodes and specifically mentions specialists for the construction of the siege weapons. Also Xerxes relied on engineers as well when he had a pontoon bridge constructed to transport his army from Asia into Greece.
  5. The one thing that is unfortunate about this for the Athenians is that Themistocles is purely designed for water maps, making it only a matter of choosing between the order of training Pericles or Iphicrates. If Themistocles had yet another bonus like a wall construction buff it could be a different story though...
  6. Giving a bonus to the agora might be a decent start since that was where the citizenry assembled for voting.
  7. Sapper is just an alternative term for military engineer.
  8. A simpler approach might just be a matter of limitations. Soldiers could only construct battering rams. Also sappers could have a high base attack against buildings.
  9. Usually siege weapons were built on site, and ammunition probably was improvised based on the available materials the engineers could use. When Demetrius was attempting to besiege Rhodes, he hired a large number of specialists from Asia Minor and imported materials for the construction of his mother of all siege engines.
  10. Another technology Athens could have would be Thetes or Rowers that would confer a speed boost to ships. This is based on the fact that some of the lowest class of citizens still played an important role in the military and had significant political rights as a result.
  11. That statement is incorrect. Xenophon explicitly states that Persians used stones.
  12. The Rhodians in this case definitely were. Xenophon seems to write about it as an exception to the rule, however, not the norm. As to removing Roman javelin throwers, that would be ahistorical. Velites served an integral role in the initial phases of battle, but their sword infantry should definitely have javelins.
  13. On the other hand, these techs could be nerfed by introducing a higher cost. That way there is still the potential for a decision.
  14. The architecture is a bit interesting. The church looks in the style of Norman architecture. The odd parts are the thatched roof houses, which look like they come from the ninth century instead; another strange thing is the use of red bricks with some structures. It's like Keble College built hundreds of years earlier.
  15. Xenophon is fairly vague on what they did with their other equipment. As to range, these were troops using lead projectiles, which generally went a lot further than typical slung stones. Fun fact as well, it was not unheard of to inscribe messages on these. The one to the right could be roughly translated as 'catch.'
  16. Undoubtedly most soldiers did carry side-arms, but ammunition is a more difficult thing to consider since armies at this time were not standardised. What might have served as the amount of missiles a soldier carried in one campaign might vary with the next. One interesting example of a case of reverse side-arms is mentioned in Xenophon's Anabasis, when a few Rhodian hoplites switched to using slings.
  17. Actually if you look at most artwork of naked fanatics, they generally always were carrying shields. Not doing so would be virtually suicide.
  18. Introducing that many weapons sounds like a large amount of complexity for an otherwise additional thing to manage, especially for an RTS. I would maybe propose a simplification along the lines of units of equipment that work for melee units and separate ones for ranged ones.
  19. The difference should be completely cosmetic. All of these changes seem good to me at least by the looks of them. Good and prompt work as always.
  20. Spartans were not known for fielding competent light infantry. I would recommend alternative routes for buffs. Spartans were famous for their poetry that often had martial themes (See Alcman, Tyrtaeus, and Terpander). I would advise introducing a technology that gives a movement buff to all infantry through that. The Athenians could have a later technology for subsequent changes in equipment and tactics that made their peltasts have a more hybrid role by having +1 melee and ranged armour.
  21. I would personally prefer the barracks only producing advanced units. The point I think that is being made is that from a functional perspective, Civic Centres are no different from much more militarily themed structures. The point isn't about men, it's about military. That said, this is getting off topic.
  22. The stable would most likely not be the best choice since Athenian cavalry was nothing incredible. There is a reasonable argument, however, to allowing the marine to be trained in a building like the barracks. For that matter though, why not just have the gymnasium be available one age earlier with the marine trained there? On a separate issue, the Scythian archer probably shouldn't be a champion for Athens unless it is potentially locked behind a technology. They served as police, not frontline soldiers if I am not mistaken.
  23. The linear increase shown looks like the better approach. After a technology has been researched that increases the gather rate of a resource, the resource becomes less valuable due to ease of production. The other alpha had it go from a 50 resource increase to a baffling 850 resource increase in phase three. Potentially there might be the argument of having there be diminishing returns on the subsequent technologies. These are economy upgrades and shouldn't aim to work as massive power spikes like military ones can often do.
  24. The A.D. B.C./C.E. B.C.E. system for chronology has been eliminated. What system do you propose for a replacement and what does it mean for the title of the game? Example: one option would be to use the system of AUC (Ab Urbe Condita), the date of the supposed founding of Rome. Hence 0 A.D. would become either 753 AUC or 754 AUC. It's hard to exactly say since the year 0 does not exist. Probably the best compromise would be 753 AUC or 754 AUC. That way nobody would be happy. What are your completely serious answers to clearly controversial topic?
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