-Oniversalis : Age of Exploration is a total conversion project for the game 0 A.D Empires Ascendant. This modification will bring the era of colonisation and European dominance of the world to the game.
Oniversalis : Age of Exploration is set in the time period of 1492 (this is when Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across from Spain to the new world, only reaching the mainland parts of Central and South America), and 1800 (we picked this year because this is when still a lot European nations had colonies around the world unlike later on when it is practically just Great Britain and France dominating the world, as well as because this is just before the industrial revolution in most of the world began to seriously take off, for example factories didn't seriously take off until after this date as well as a lot of industry still being rural).
The mod as is the base game, is split into the 3 ages which you must research via your town centre, these 3 ages are "The Renaissance" for tier 1, the "Age of Discovery" for tier 2 and the "Age of Enlightenment" for tier 3. The player for these 3 eras will a course receive access to new types of technology as well as upgrades to current ones of the previous era (for example in the base game you can upgrade from having a wickers basket researched in tier 1 to a wheel barrow in tier 2), recruit different units (When you complete the research to the next era, you will notice that your units will change) and unique units for that specific era/tier. (however if these unique units are going to be unique for all factions, that is yet undecided).
The thing that really sets this mod apart from other mods, is it's unique gameplay of gunpowder units as well as a variety of other weaponry and their use and evolution throughout the mod's matches, for example the renaissance will have access to gun powder units, however these will be very expensive to produce while developing on to tier 2 and tier 3 will becoming increasingly cheaper and will have more variety of uses. If anyone is wondering the gunpowder units will mostly work like the archer units from the vanilla game. Further more the mod focuses on slow pace realistic gameplay, with units being very expensive to produce as historically, most countries of the period the mod covers did not have professional armies until the thirty years war, however in tier 3 units will be much cheaper, than tier 1 and tier 2.
The list of nations/factions included in the mod will be the following; Kingdom of England/Great Britain, Kingdom of France, Spain, Portugal, Ming/Qing China, Aztecs, Inca, Mayans, Iroquois, Mughal Empire and the Ottoman empire.
Questions you may have?
Will there be a diverse range of units for each faction upon release? - The answer to this question is no and has uncertainty to it. Indeed we plan on making each faction as in the base game have a completely unique set of units with different stats etc, but for the first release of this mod we will give the 2 European factions both the same set of units however we will try and include in this first release the unique units for the specific eras/tiers as mentioned above. Further on in future releases we will increase the unit diversity a bit, this will overall improve the quality of the mod, but we will try to keep the balance somewhat.
Will there be unique building models for each faction on building types? - The answer to this is similar to that above, we do plan on making this for certain European factions but some European factions will have the same set of building models. Again in future releases we will increase the diversity for building models.
Will the native factions be playable and have diversity? - A course we are going to include the native factions, luckily for us in the present day when for say the Spanish went around and conquered these people, they recorded everything they could find about their civilisations so we will try to do our best to make every native faction a unique one, we will only really include some major native powers such as the Aztecs, Incas or Iroquois.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask below, or if anyone is interested in helping in the development of this mod please contact me (Dan The Strategist)
The mod's Mod DB page ---> https://www.moddb.com/mods/oniversalis-age-of-exploration
Current things we are looking at doing - Cannon artillery, musket mounted elephants, possible introduction of new resources into the game. When the majority of the mod is done we will look at adding a what if Byzantine faction, just as a proper meme they will not be OP or anything but they will make for a extremely interesting what if faction.
If anyone is interested in playing matches upon the mod's release please join the "Total War: Romania" Discord, from here we will host games and tournaments, using the code below copy and paste it into the text box when you click "join server"
Developers of this mod;
- Dan the Strategist