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I know this may be controversial, but I think the current SpecificName scheme adds a minor amount of confusion, or at least a better scheme may add some more clarity where currently there is little.

So, for example:


    <GenericName>Gallic Champion</GenericName>
    <SpecificName>Soliduros</SpecificName>

 

This is actually a Swordsman, along with whatever that means to the game, but you don't know that from the name of the unit. What I would suggest is something like this:

 


    <GenericName>Champion Swordsman</GenericName>
    <SpecificName>Gallic Champion</SpecificName>
    <EthnicName>Soliduros</EthnicName>

 

In the UI, it would show:

Gallic Champion

(Champion Swordsman)

 

Likewise:

Spartiate Hoplite

(Champion Spearman)

 

This now gives you a much better idea what "kind" of unit it is.

The <EthnicName> "Spartiátēs" and "Soldurios" would show up elsewhere, likely in the Information viewer. Extended, we could give the player the option of what they want to see in the UI and tooltips.

Edited by wowgetoffyourcellphone
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Honestly, I like seeing the SpecificName in the UI, it's actually one of the things that I like most about the game. But I do admit that you have a point regarding weapons. I always have to mouse over the unit's portrait just to check the tooltip, because I tend to forget which weapons some of the units use.

Allow me to present the inverse problem: a few units have SpecificName, but no GenericName. For example, I have no way of knowing what a "Leial Zalduneria" is just by reading that specific name (it's the Iberian champion cavalry, my favorite unit, because the flaming javelins make it OP to the gills).

If I may make a counter-proposal:

<GenericName>Gallic Champion Swordsman</GenericName>
<SpecificName>Soliduros</SpecificName>

And for the weapon, maybe an icon in the UI?

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1 hour ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

Extended, we could give the player the option of what they want to see in the UI and tooltips.

If I understood correctly, this would be the ideal solution. 

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