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Blood and Iron

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Modpacks' started by snafusmith, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. snafusmith

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    Blood and Iron



    Introduction:
    Blood and Iron is a comprehensive modification to Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword that focuses on recreating World War I. Using a completely new technology tree, civics, buildings, units, religions, promotions and core code, it heavily modifies the existing Civilization 4 experience to place the player at the beginning of the 20th century.

    New Gameplay:
    Several changes have been made to customize gameplay specific to WWI:

    -Restricted Routes: In Blood and Iron, certain units have restricted movement. Railway guns are restricted to tiles with railroads; armored cars can only drive on tiles with roads or railroads. Though these units can only move and attack on certain tiles, they are very effective in their given roles.

    -Ranged Bombardment: This new feature allows artillery units and large naval vessels to attack distant tiles (sometimes up to two away) without exposing themselves to danger. Your artillery can now be based behind your front lines, able to thwart and stall enemy attacks.

    -Bombing missions: Though crude by today’s standards, bombers from WW1 were able to cause damage deep behind the front in ways not imagined before WWI. In Blood and Iron, your bombers (depending on type), will be able to attack a cities overall defense, infrastructure, buildings, port facilities, and production. Though at its infancy, strategic bombing is very much alive in B&I.

    -War Prizes: During WWI it was not uncommon for nations to capture various tanks, armored cars, artillery, and aircraft from their opponents in the course of battle. The same holds true in Blood and Iron. Though rare, it is possible now for attacking units to capture war prizes. Though all units can capture, only certain units can be captured. Early tanks, armored cars, and artillery units can be captured during attack. However, they will be severely damaged and not combat effective until repaired.

    -Varied Invisibility: The invisibility system in BTS has been modified so that invisible units are detected at random. Your destroyers can still see submarines, but sometimes those subs will be able to slip by undetected.

    -Designs: Blood and Iron introduces the concept of designs to BTS. Designs function as a special recourse that is provided by a nation’s National Defense Industry. Each set of designs allows the construction of every one of that nations unique units. For example, if you posses German Designs, you can build Fokker Triplane fighters for your air force.

    Designs do not guarantee that a country can build every unit just because they possess the designs. A hidden form of trade barrier exists between nations that cannot be broken. For example, German designs never provide the ability for Belgium, France, or Britain to construct German aircraft, armored cars, and tanks. This also holds true for non-Entente powers as well. For clarification, the Civilopedia entries for each unit breakout which countries can build what. A player can also look at the technology tree in-game to see what units are available to them. This will tell them what designs they should try to acquire.

    Units:
    Blood and Iron focuses on providing a balanced approach to unit development. To keep the game enjoyable and easy to play, there are only a limited number of units available, and a limited number of unit types given the scope of the mod:

    Air Units:
    Spoiler :
    -Early Recon
    Good visibility, short range, low defense, limited bombard
    -Late Recon/Light Bomber
    Good visibility, average range, low defense, low bombard
    -Early Seaplane
    Good visibility, short range, low defense, limited bombard, can be based on seaplane tenders
    -Late Seaplane
    Good visibility, average range, low defense, low bombard, can be based on seaplane tenders
    -Early Fighter
    Short range, average defense, limited bombard
    -Intermediate Fighter
    Average range, better than average defense, low bombard
    -Late Fighter
    Average range, high defense, low bombard
    -Medium Bomber
    Better than average range, average defense, medium bombard
    -Heavy Bomber
    Long range, average defense, heavy bombard
    -Airship
    Long range, low defense, medium bombard, available at start of war


    Ground Forces:
    Spoiler :
    -Infantry
    General ground unit
    -Assault Infantry
    Strong offensive ground unit
    -Heavy Machinegunner
    Strong defensive unit
    -Armored Car
    Fast attack/scout, roads/RRs only, average strength
    -Tank
    Slow, strong offense, ignores prepared defenses, high cost
    -Light Tank
    Slow, good offense, ignored prepared defense, ave cost
    -Field Gun
    Causes collateral damage, average attack, 1 range bombard
    -Heavy Artillery
    Causes collateral damage, strong attack, 2 range bombard
    -Railroad Artillery
    Very strong attack, 2 range bombard


    Support Units:
    Spoiler :
    -Field Medic
    Heals nearby units quickly
    No offense/defense, must be escorted
    -Observation Balloon
    Very high visibility


    Naval Units:
    Spoiler :
    -Transport
    Can transport 3 ground units
    -Mine Sweeper
    Can transport 4 naval mines


    Warships:
    Spoiler :
    -Naval Mines
    Immobile, suicide unit, can be moved with mine sweepers
    -Torpedo Boat
    Fast, coastal only unit, bonus vs. Capital Ships
    -Destroyer
    Fast escort, average strength, can see submarines, bonus vs. Torpedo Boats
    -Armored Cruiser
    Average speed escort, average attack
    -Pre-Dreadnought
    Above average attack, average range
    -Submarine
    Invisible to all but destroyers, good attack, pour defense, average range
    -Seaplane Tender
    Low strength, can carry 3 seaplanes, average range


    Capitol Ships:
    Spoiler :
    -Battle Cruiser
    -Dreadnought
    -Super Dreadnought
    -Carrier
    Can carry 2 fighters


    Special Units:
    Spoiler :
    -PZK.2
    Austrian-Hungarian improved observation platform
    -Tsar Tank
    Very early armored vehicle for Russia, included through events only
    -Big Bertha
    Super heavy artillery for Germany, available at start
    -Fokker Dr.1
    Improved German fighter, available w/ Albatros D.III but more expensive
    -RAF SE5a
    Improved British fighter, available w/ Sopwith Pup but more expensive
    -Bug Bomb
    Early US cruise missile, unguided aircraft bomb


    Nations:
    Every European nation that took part in WWI is represented in Blood and Iron. However, unlike other mods, not all civs are equal. Just as in WWI, each civ is only so powerful. In Blood and Iron, there are specific ‘Classes’ of nation. 1st Class nations are the most powerful (Britain, Germany), and have the capability to build every class of unit, every type of building, and have very strong economies. 2nd Class nations (Italy, Russia, Austria-Hungary) are also powerful, however they lack the ability to build certain units and do not have as robust an economy. 3rd Class nations (Serbia, Bulgaria, etc) are far more limited than other nations – their infrastructure is less developed and they cannot produce as many types of technologically advanced or heavy weapons. However, this does not mean that their supporting ‘Great Powers’ cannot give them this equipment.

    Religions:
    Religions have been limited in Blood and Iron and can no longer be spread. Catholicism and Orthodoxy have been added while Hinduism and Taoism have been removed. Religions provide limited happiness bonuses, and each has a special building to provide an additional happiness boost.

    There are no scenarios currently available for Blood and Iron. If anyone makes one (or several), I'll post the links to them below.

    Thanks to all those who helped make B&I a possibility:

    Asioasioasio
    Dale
    Maciej Kowalczyk
    seZereth
    ...And many others!

    Blood & Iron Includes the following:
    Improved Graphics for CIV v2.0
    Dale's Combat Mod
    Route Restrictions
    Varied Invisibility

    DOWNLOAD HERE!


    ENJOY!
    -Smitty
     
  2. snafusmith

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    snafusmith Unit Maker

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    Reserved for scenarios, lets start making some!
     
  5. Wonderblunder

    Wonderblunder Part Time Monster in the Closet

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    Wow, I actually thought that this mod was scrapped, but I'm glad it wasn't! I'll definitely give it a try.:goodjob:
     
  6. ww2commander

    ww2commander Emperor

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    Fantastic and thank you very much for releasing this baby snafusmith.

    There will be some very tired people across the next few days as they neglect to go to bed and instead storm trenches whilst getting a much needed boost of caffeine.
     
  7. Set

    Set Warlord

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    I'll get right on it, right after i extensively research ww1;)

    P.S. is there anything special i need to know about building a scenario for this (special terrains, you mentioned a dynamic environment?)
     
  8. snafusmith

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    Not really. The only big thing is to make sure you give each major civ their respective national defense industry. Otherwise they won't have the designs needed to make most units.
     
  9. youknowwhatitis

    youknowwhatitis Warlord

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    Wow looks great. Downloading now
     
  10. Goseg

    Goseg Chieftain

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    Where exactly do you download this mod at?
     
  11. Set

    Set Warlord

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    Snafu, some things i noticed in your mod:

    why is their a confederate states of america civ, are they ment to represent someone else? because their flag says confederate states of america

    why an empire of mexico, and why a republic of quebec(you already have a dominion of canada)

    why the states of deseret

    and in one of the maps you created, the leader of germany is named luke


    @goseg: the link is at the bottom of the first post
     
  12. snafusmith

    snafusmith Unit Maker

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    The North American civs are in because at one point I thought about an alternate history scenario where the CSA and the USA fought again in WW1 (along the lines of the Harry Turtledove books). The leader of Germany is named Luke in one of the scenarios because that's my name, and it was a work in progress!
     
  13. keldath

    keldath LivE LonG AnD PrOsPeR

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    after the long await, its here, congratulation snafusmith, its great to see after all these years
    you are still here.

    i hope for a scenario.
     
  14. SteveTR

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    Looks good. But I can´t play the 1914 scenario, because when it loads, the game crashes. And yes, I´ve got BTS 3.19.
     
  15. snafusmith

    snafusmith Unit Maker

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    That's because there is no scenario currently for B&I (see first post). Someone needs to make one.
     
  16. AbsintheRed

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    This is great!
    I also hope for many good scenarios which includes all your hard work, snafu!
     
  17. Ambreville

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    Same here. The map starts loading, ctd's, and I get a windows error report. I then loaded the 30 civ scenario instead, but there were no units on the map other than a soldier and a settler at a random spot, and all cities had a 1 point population.

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    Never mind... I saw the other posts about this. Good luck putting the scenarios together. Looks great so far!
     
  18. jimmygeo

    jimmygeo Warlord

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    Does this mean that you have put out a work in progress rather than a finished mod? If so, you should have mentioned this up front.

    jimmygeo
     
  19. jimmygeo

    jimmygeo Warlord

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    How does one play this mod without a scenario???

    jimmygeo
     
  20. Walter Hawkwood

    Walter Hawkwood RI Court Painter

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    Hi! Brilliant work on the mod; it is very nice to see it released at last, even if it isn't fully finished yet. One quick question: does AI currently understand how to use naval mines and minelaying ships? If not, are there any plans to make them AI-usable?
     

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