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Better City Specialization 1.5

Overhauls the district system to require more city specialization.

  1. thecrazyscot

    thecrazyscot Spiffy

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    This mod attempts to overhaul districts and buildings to make city specialization more meaningful.

    This is an evolving mod. Comments, suggestions, and feedback are needed!

    Philosophy:
    This mod's design philosophy is threefold:
    1. Reward careful district placement
    2. Reward investment over time in districts
    3. Increase district importance
    To that end the first building in each of the districts updated by this mod provide a basic yield bonus, the second provides yields entirely dependent upon the district's adjacency bonus, and the third building acts as a capstone to the district with a powerful ability.

    Additionally, in order to increase the importance of each district the population requirement for each has been raised. This will force players to make harder choices as to which districts to build. Also, the science yield per population has been lowered to make Campuses more important even in wide empires.

    Current Version: 1.4
    CORE CHANGES
    -Increased population requirement per district to 4
    -Reduced science per population from .7 to .5
    -Increased Industrial, Commercial, Campus, and Theater specialist yields from 2 to 3
    -Changed how the Industrial, Commercial, Campus, and Theater district buildings work:
    • Industrial
      • Workshop: +2 production
      • Factory: production equal to district adjacency bonus, +1 specialist slot
      • Electronics Factory (UB): production equal to district adjacency bonus, +2 specialist slots, +4 culture
      • Power Plant: +3 production with 6 tile range, +2 specialist slots
    • Commercial
      • Receives an additional +1 gold adjacency bonus from Entertainment Complexes and City Centers
      • Market: +3 gold
      • Bank: gold equal to district adjacency bonus, +1 specialist slot
      • Stock Exchange: +2 gold, +15% gold in city, +2 specialist slots
    • Campus
      • Library: +2 science
      • University: science equal to district adjacency bonus, +1 specialist slot
      • Madrasa (UB): science equal to district adjacency bonus, +1 specialist slot, +5 faith
      • Research Lab: +2 science, +15% science in city, +2 specialist slots
    • Theater
      • Amphitheater: +2 culture
      • Art Museum/Artifact Museum: culture equal to district adjacency bonus, +1 specialist slot
      • Broadcast Tower: +2 culture, +15% culture in city, +2 specialist slots
      • Film Studio (UB): +2 culture, +15% culture in city, +2 specialist slots, +100% tourism towards other civilization in the Modern Era
    -City state yields have been reduced to balance Bank, University, Museum, and Factory yields from adjacency bonuses
    • Scientific, Cultural, Religious, Commercial, and Industrial city states give their matching district types +1 yield instead of +2
    • Commercial city states give capitals +2 gold instead of +4 (other CS bonuses to capitals are unchanged)
    • Military city state bonuses to unit production are unchanged
    -Updated the Free Market, Grand Opera, and Rationalism policies to provide bonus yields to each building of the proper type instead of a 100% increase (the % increase didn't stack properly with bonus yields from district adjacency bonuses)
    -Updated the following policies to provide a +50% adjacency bonus instead of a +100% adjacency bonus (for Campuses, Commercial Hubs, Industrial Zones, and Theaters)
    Aesthetics, Craftsmen, Economic Union, Five Year Plan, Natural Philosophy, Sports Media, Town Charters​

    MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES
    -Integrated the Improved Aerodrome mod
    • Aerodrome receives adjacency bonuses: +1 gold from Neighborhoods, +4 gold from Commercial Hubs, +2 gold from City Centers
    • Removed Aerodrome population requirement (can now be built in any city)
    • Biplanes, Fighters, P-51s, and Jet Fighters can be built without an Aerodrome
    -Sewer now has +1 Amenity
    -Adds new Cistern building: +2 Housing, unlocked at Irrigation, required to build Sewers, granted for free when starting the Industrial or later eras
    -Adds new Water Treatment Plant building: +2 Housing/+1 Amenity, unlocked at Plastics. Requires Sewer to build.
    (NOTE: if you want to see the new building icons (identical to the Sewer's for both) copy the Icons_Buildings.xml attached in the Discussion OP to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization VI\Base\Assets\UI\Icons and overwrite the original file). Alternatively, you can manually edit C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization VI\Base\Assets\UI\Icons\Icons_Buildings.xml and add the following lines:
    Code:
    <!--TSC Better City Specialization begin-->
    <Row Name="ICON_BUILDING_TCS_CISTERN"    Atlas="ICON_ATLAS_BUILDINGS" Index="30"/>
    <Row Name="ICON_BUILDING_TCS_CISTERN_FOW"    Atlas="ICON_ATLAS_BUILDINGS_FOW" Index="30"/>
    <Row Name="ICON_BUILDING_TCS_WATER_TREATMENT_PLANT"    Atlas="ICON_ATLAS_BUILDINGS" Index="30"/>
    <Row Name="ICON_BUILDING_TCS_WATER_TREATMENT_PLANT_FOW"    Atlas="ICON_ATLAS_BUILDINGS_FOW" Index="30"/>
    <!--TSC end-->
    
    The new stuff should be added in the pictured location:
    Spoiler :


    Spoiler Version History :
    Version 1.5
    Version 1.4
    Version 1.3
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0


    Installation Instructions
    Unzip the files into your Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization VI\Mods directory

    Notes
    This does not include the Improved Water Yields mod. They are fully compatible.
    This does include the Improved Aerodrome mod. Don't use them together!
     

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    Last edited: Nov 25, 2016
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  2. Littlebob86

    Littlebob86 Chieftain

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    It looks good, although I'm not sure if with using 8 ages of pace to already slow down science, and changing the eurekas to 25% boost, if I'll be screwing myself over, although I'm willing to try! :)
     
  3. Shakiko

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    First thoughts/comments:
    Moving the building yields to better specialist slot should result in the need for more food tiles to feed those specialists. (which also gets supported by the notion that you need 4 pop for a district now instead of 3).
    But without any raised housing caps until sewers/neighbourship I doubt you can get the necessary population to offset such a change.

    Also, while I think the idea to tie the district buildings' yields to the districts adjacency bonuses is great ! , I think it needs some tweaking.
    E.g. Campus districts can get good bonuses with mountains, so you are rewarded to put those into the "right" cities. Esp. as the disctrict buildigns need that bonus, too now.
    But for the Commercial disctrict you basically just need a single river tile (which you should settle on due to housing constraints, too), so there is no real choice there. Perhaps add some adjacency bonuses for Commercial districts ?

    Some Civilizations bonuses might be quite OP with this - e.g. Meiji restoration from Japan granting 3 districts in a triangle the same +2 bonus that you'd normally just get with good, "proper" placement. Ina normal game that's nice, small bonus, in this mod that bonus basically gets tripled as the subsequent buildings also draw from that bonus.
     
  4. thecrazyscot

    thecrazyscot Spiffy

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    To be fair, the specialists don't come until later in the game, close to when you get Neighborhoods. I can definitely take a look at tweaking early housing, though.

    I can definitely overhaul the Commercial Hub's adjacency bonuses. Right now it gets +2 from a river and +2 from a Harbor, as well as +1 for every 2 adjacent districts. Perhaps it could be +2/river, +2/harbor, +1/city center, +1/entertainment district? This would give some extra flexibility in its placement.

    Meiji Restoration will definitely need to be looked at, but right now I want to get the basic mechanics down :)
     
  5. Littlebob86

    Littlebob86 Chieftain

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    The commercial hub, it doesn't get multiple +2 if surrounded by rivers does it?? Or even if it's on a y fork of a river.. Because I thought it did and got super excited, but I only get the one +2 fir any river tiles, which, kind of sucks compared to all the others that are +2 per tile :(

    Please let me know if my games gone haywire and just not working right?! If so, can you please upload your vanilla file that has the values??
     
  6. thecrazyscot

    thecrazyscot Spiffy

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    The Commercial Hub only receives the +2 bonus once from rivers in vanilla Civ 6. I can change the amount of the bonus, but I can't increase the number of times the bonus is applied. :( I definitely wanted to change it to a +1 bonus per adjacent river segment, but it looks like I won't be able to do that.

    But nothing's wrong with your game! I'm looking into adding a few more adjacency bonuses to the Commercial Hub to balance it out.
     
  7. Littlebob86

    Littlebob86 Chieftain

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    Ok I just thought I was going crazy! I think having a +1 per tile would put the pressure on to try put it on a bend, forcing you to compromise more planning (Which is good!), but I do think that +2 for each river tile would be too much
     
  8. Littlebob86

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    Actually would this interfere with delnars ai, or AI + mods??
     
  9. SupahAmbition

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    I really like the idea that the second building and on in a district provides adjacency bonus, instead of a base yeild. Makes it so that placement is the most important factor in a district, and a strong placement can go very far for you.
    Very cool idea, I may try it out.
     
  10. Olleus

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    This seems interesting. I'm worried that it makes "good" city locations even better than before, while making "bad" ones even worse. I'm all up for playing the map, but if the entire outcome of the game is determined by how many mountains/jungles are around you, it takes away from the player.

    A change I've been considering is adding some % modifiers back into the game. Ideally through specialists, but possibly through buildings. Do you think this kind of thing might be possible with the tools we have?

    Both with regards to that, and with your mod as it is, does the AI understand the changes? Does it prioritise the adjacency bonuses more?
     
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  11. Littlebob86

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    -Removed Aerodrome population requirement (can now be built in any city)

    That's not apart of your improved aerodome mod, is it??
     
  12. thecrazyscot

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    It shouldn't as I haven't touched any AI settings.

    This is certainly a valid concern, and I'm not entirely sure how to address although I have a few ideas. The main issue I have is that adjacency bonuses rapidly become (mostly) irrelevant the things currently are, which is a real shame IMO because I think it's a really cool system. I don't want a bad starting location to be an instant "game over" but I definitely think players should react more organically to the terrain than is necessary now.

    One thing I'm thinking of is making Japan's unique ability the standard for everyone and just changing theirs. That way even if there are no mountains/jungles/etc the player will still be able to receive some bonuses through careful district placement.

    This is an interesting idea. Perhaps the first building in a district adds a small yield, the second an adjacency bonus, and the third a percentage bonus? That can certainly be done through a modifier...the modifier system is quite powerful (although I've already found some missing possibilities...like I haven't found how to increase a city's production % towards a single unit type). The modifier type we'd need for the buildings is MODIFIER_SINGLE_CITY_ADJUST_CITY_YIELD_MODIFIER.

    Anyways, I can give that a go for my next update.

    I haven't touched any AI settings, and tbh AI tweaking isn't really my forte. :sad:

    I'd be happy to collaborate on improving city specialization as a whole with other modders as well.
     
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  13. thecrazyscot

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    No :)

    Eventually I'll probably put all of my little mods into another Omnibus mod like I did with Civ 5. But for now they're all compatible with each other.
     
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    thecrazyscot updated Better City Specialization with a new update entry:

    Update 1.1

    Read the rest of this update entry...
     
  15. Olleus

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    Sounds awesome, I think your hybrid approach might be the best! As soon as I've finished testing my mod I'll give yours a go :)
     
  16. Lion King

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    thecrazyscot, thanks for the mod, it is really great!

    Have two points:
    1. Mb it is worth decreasing stock exchange to +15% to make it in line with other improvements. I am a bit concern that it makes too much incentive to send all your trade routes from one city.

    2. As districts became much better, did you think about increasing their starting cost (at the same time slightly decreasing exponent component).
    Or is there a way to increase districts costs for each additional district to the city?
    In my last game I had a feeling that in Medieval-Renaissance era districts were very cheap to build, then in Industrial-Modern era their costs seemed to be adequate. In atomic era district costs were a bit high esp for a new cities.
     
  17. thecrazyscot

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    thecrazyscot updated Better City Specialization with a new update entry:

    Update 1.2

    Read the rest of this update entry...
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2016
  18. thecrazyscot

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    I agree with your suggestion about the Stock Exchange - I've included that change in the latest update!

    I'm not looking at implementing district cost changes just yet, but will certainly be thinking about that!
     
  19. Duke Bilgewater

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    I'm enjoying this mod and the emphasis it adds to strategic district placement, however I've noticed it appears to cause de-sync issues in multiplayer LAN. I isolated it as the cause after dozens of de-syncs, although it may be caused by another mod in conjunction. Maybe it's an incompatability with a tech tree mod? Is anyone else experiencing this?

    For reference, the mods I am using are:
    • Improved Water Tile Yields
    • Mad Djinn's Tech Tree
    • Improved Tech Tree
    • 8 Ages of Pace
    • MOAR Units
    • Combined AI
    • CQUI
     
  20. Lion King

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    thecrazyscot, thanks for the update!

    couple of questions/suggestions:

    1. I see you removed aerodrome requirement for building aeroplanes. However, does it mean you need to rebase your planes on the first turn after they built (assuming you cannot keep planes in the city)? In that case, would it be possible to put a requirement that city should have airstrip nearby (aerodrome or airstrip improvement) and newly build planes would appear on that tile?

    2. Did you change any adjacency bonuses? I noticed that before I was able to get +5 science adjacency for putting campus in the middle of rainforest (played as Brazil). Now the maximum I see is +3 (playing Kongo) in the identical location.
     

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