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Add Genoa as a playable civ

Discussion in 'Civ - Ideas & Suggestions' started by lemy7714, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. lemy7714

    lemy7714 Chieftain

    Aug 13, 2016
    Add Genoa as a playable Civ. I've played Civ a long while and the Republic of Venice fascinates me. At first I thought "why is it here?" and then I read about it and found it really was a great state. So I read more about it and discovered Genoa. I know the idea of two "playable city-states" may seem redundant, but if Venice deserves recognition (which it does), I think Genoa should at least be considered (I understand if it cant be added immediately, but maybe DLC?).

    First of, Genoa challenged Venice for many years, and even established itself as far as the Black Sea (in the form of colonies). Secondly, just like Venice, Genoa was very powerful for its size, its bankers helped finance the Spanish empire after all.

    I've already thought of some perimeters for Genoa

    For unique unit it could have the Genoese Crossowman, a famous corps form the city. It would be stronger than the average crossbowman and start with the cover promotion, (they were often shielded by a groom while reloading.)

    A unique building could be the Genoese bank. In addition to the normal bank, it could also provide tourism (this would be due to the fact that the Genoese often held influence abroad via their banking endeavors.)

    The unique ability could be "Venture Capitalists"- gold gifts provides 10% extra influence to city-states and all purchases in your capital are 20% cheaper. In addition settlers, can ONLY found new cities on a different continent then the capital (and only two per continent), and this continent must have at least twelve tiles (in order to prevent spamming cities on single tile islands). This keeps with the history of Genoa which had colonies not on the mainland, but in Sardinia and the Crimea. Genoa could be under the leadership of Andrea Doria (he was never the official leader, but he restored sovereignty to the state by expelling the French) (Yes he is the Great Admiral one)

    These are only ideas, and open to suggestions, I'd just really like to see Genoa as playable.

    And to all who would suppose it'd be too similar the Venice, "If its worth doing, its worth over-doing"

    Thank you for your time!!!
  2. stealth_nsk

    stealth_nsk Deity

    Nov 28, 2005
    Novosibirsk, Russia
    I would recommend letting developers design the units and abilities. There are too many things to consider and balance. Just a note, for example - there are no gold gifts to city-states anymore.

    About the historical significance of Genoa - that's good idea for expansion or some DLC.
  3. unpossible251

    unpossible251 Warlord

    Mar 8, 2016
    Well, I only played as Venice once, and it didnt really captivate... But how about a pack of DLC civs that ALL feature only one city? Each with its own unique feel? And altered game mechanics because, well it might need it.
    Venice is good, and I like genoa. I'd also suggest Singapore, under Lee kwan yew (spelling?) with a more military focus. Unique unit: Gurkha.
  4. Riker

    Riker True Metal of Steel

    Jan 19, 2004
    Genoa > Venice. And we already won cultural victory since everyone is buying OUR blue jeans right now
  5. m15a

    m15a Emperor

    Jul 7, 2005
    In the off chance that anyone takes this statement as being true, I played Venice a couple weeks ago. It was pretty fun.
  6. Metecury

    Metecury Prince

    Aug 14, 2014

    Same here, it's a fun civ to play as and it had an actual empire spanning the aegean, balkans and various Mediterranean islands.
  7. How to know

    How to know Chieftain

    Oct 7, 2015
    middle of nowhere
    Don't understand why should we have Genoa while Venice is not confirmed yet. In both popularity abd historical impact, Venice was a greater power, also they share the similar categories: trade and seafaring.
  8. joncnunn

    joncnunn Senior Java Wizard Moderator

    Mar 17, 2008
    Moderator Action: Moved to Ideas & Suggestions
  9. leif erikson

    leif erikson Game of the Month Fanatic Administrator Supporter GOTM Staff

    Feb 2, 2003
    Plymouth, MA

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