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Bring back the specialist economy

Discussion in 'Civ - Ideas & Suggestions' started by Archon_Wing, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. rattatatouille

    rattatatouille Warlord

    Jan 26, 2018
    Not to toot my own horn, but this is part of my District Overhaul mod. Districts and buildings no longer give GPPs at base, but specialists do. Also, in general, Tier 1 buildings get 1 specialist slot, Tier 2 buildings get 2 (though the Temple gets 3), and Tier 3 buildings get 2 (though Religious Buildings get 1). (I haven't touched UAs and beliefs like Divine Spark, however).

    See above. While @criZp has noted it's bugged, it does work, somewhat, and I've seen the AI use specialists to rush Great Prophets, so yeah.
    Trav'ling Canuck likes this.
  2. pokiehl

    pokiehl King

    Mar 5, 2017
    Ah, thanks for the heads up guys!
  3. Temppu

    Temppu Warlord

    Oct 16, 2016
    The previous iterations of Civ had much more to Specialists than good yields, e.g., Ideology bonuses for smaller food consumption and Policies boosting the yields. Anythings similar would require more than just buffing the yields.

    Im not so much into speculating a third expansion yet, but maybe a theme focusing on urbanization and larger cities with Health, Ideologies, and Specialists is a possibility.
  4. Aussie_Lurker

    Aussie_Lurker Deity

    Jul 21, 2003
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Been saying for ages that a proper specialist economy system would help balance wide vs tall. That & a return of the distance & # of cities multiplier for city costs.
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  5. cvb

    cvb Prince

    Jun 12, 2017
    I'm virtually toying around with something similar, VARIABLE maintenance costs. Right now these are, as the yields, constants - modifiable, but CONSTANTs. Presumably that point of view won't change, even if we receive some of "the DLL sources".

    Via Lua script you could be notified from the EventManager that GovernmentPolicyChanged, DistrictAddedToMap, DistrictPillaged, BuildingAddedToMap, CityWorkerChanged ... -events have occurred and based on that do your own calculations of the yields and then later @LocalPlayerTurnEnd or TurnEnd overwrite the game's values of accumulated yields with your "corrected" ones.
    With respect to science, culture etc. probably less would be more. Not so production.

    Anyways you could have a look into the NQmod (https://github.com/notque/nqmod). In the file DistrictChanges/IndustrialZoneBuildingChanges.sql you can find SQL code for those changes:
    --Reduce workshop flat production from 2 to 1 and give the city a 5% production bonus
    --Reduce (elec) factory flat production from 3 to 2 and give the city a 15% production bonus
    --Reduce power plant flat production from 4 to 3 and give the city a 25% production bonus

    The project as a whole seems abandoned, but mentioned file could be a good starting point.
  6. fail-deadly-

    fail-deadly- Chieftain

    Nov 28, 2018
    Archon_Wing and Sostratus I think both of your ideas are for specialist balance are really good and I would love to see something similar implemented. My only major change from either of your ideas would be to have specialists in both the encampment and government districts generate loyalty. So the encampment specialist would be +1 or 2 production and +1 loyalty, and the government district specialist would be +2 culture +1 loyalty.

    Here is an idea that I think would also help increase the specialist economy. Let cities build multiple copies of all districts except the government district and aqueduct district. Keep the district population limit, or introduce the district population -1 for duplicate instances of a district, so that a city with 4 population would still be able to build less districts than a city with 10 population. Each copy of a district would require its own individual set of buildings. This would introduce a bit of complication because a player would need to pick which district would get a new building. However, since the overall amount of districts should be the same it should be too much of a burden. I say this because first, cities can already build multiple copies of neighborhoods. Second, it's not like a city can only build one farm or one mine. This would certainly encourage cities to specialize, so that you may have an industrial heartland city with 3-4 industrial zone districts (Guangzhou or Detroit could be a real world example), a holy city with several holy site districts (Mecca or Jerusalem could be a real world examples), a city with multiple entertainment districts and water parks (Orlando and possibly Dubai could be real world examples), and so on.

    I think the trick would be to keep the multiplicative bonuses to a minimum and use more additive bonuses. So for example, if we examine three players - one use a skyscraper strategy which has six science districts in one city; one using a tall strategy which has six science districts in two cities; one using a wide strategy with six science districts in six cities - and all districts were fully upgraded and using max specialists, then I think the science outputs of all of the districts should be very similar. Wonders like Broadway, Kotoku-in, and Oxford University which provide a multiplicative bonus to a single city give me pause, but having a city with six fully upgraded theater square/holy site/campus districts and the wonder would probably be very difficult, especially on higher difficulties. However, Ruhr Valley and six Industrial Zones in a single city could easily be over powered. Amundsen-Scott Research Station on the other hand would be fine since it provides a bonus to all cities.
  7. WillowBrook

    WillowBrook Lurker

    Sep 12, 2004
    Revising the specialist system is yet one more candidate for a future expansion, like they're revising the resource system in the upcoming one. I wouldn't be surprised if they've had plans to flesh it out from the start, but wanted to have other systems in place first, like the revised resource and new power systems.

    At least, we can hope so.
  8. Trav'ling Canuck

    Trav'ling Canuck Deity

    Feb 7, 2018
    The initial Resource approach in Civ 6 was simpler than the approach in Civ 5. We haven't yet fully seen how it will work, but it looks like post GS it may be more complicated than Civ 5.

    There may be parallels to Specialists and the Tier 3 buildings.

    Keep in mind, though, we don't yet know exactly how the power system will work or what impact it will have on the Tier 3 buildings. It's possible the boost to Specialists may come with GS, too.
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  9. Archon_Wing

    Archon_Wing Vote for me or die

    Apr 3, 2005

    Upon reading this thread, I think I thought of a better system that would be a bit more involved. This was meant for IZs, but they could follow a similar pattern.


    Cost: 100

    +3 Production, 2 citizen slots, +0.5 production to all specialists


    Cost: 300

    +4 Production, +10% to all cities within 6 tiles (does not stack), + 3 citizen slots, +0.5 production to all specialists

    Power Plant

    Cost: 400

    +5 production, +10% to all cities within 6 tiles (does not stack), +4 citizen slots, +1 production to all specialists

    So basically, campuses would give each specialist more science, theaters would give more culture to each specailist, etc.

    Of course, the issue with that is that they'd no longer be specialists, but I suppose people had to develop more well rounded skillsets as society advanced anyways.
  10. SupremacyKing2

    SupremacyKing2 Deity

    Oct 25, 2014
    I wholeheartedly agree about bringing back the specialist economy. It's not just important to make big cities more powerful but there should be a clear distinction between your rural pop and your urban pop. I think the easiest way to make a specialist economy work in civ6 is to increase the number of citizen slots in district occupying buildings and make the yields of specialists better. That way players with high population cities could stack a lot of specialists and get much bigger culture, science, faith or production yields. It would also make that distinction between rural and urban as you might have say 6 population working tiles but 7 population in district buildings producing more science, culture, production etc...
    Aussie_Lurker likes this.
  11. Sostratus

    Sostratus Deity

    Jul 31, 2017
    Minnesota, USA
    Those boosts could go either directly to the specialists of that district (so the factory makes your engineers more productive) or you could have it just raise specialist output generally (but only in their yield area.) That way they would stay specialized.
    So workshop/Factory/Powerplant each giving a slot would you eg
    3/4/5 production engineers. Part of me thinks, since districts require 3 pop to build, each district should support 3 specialists so a fully slotted district ties up the same amount of citizens you needed to build it. But i also think 3 fully slotted specialists should produce about what a fully built district does for balance reasons- to offer an alternative to spam more cities. This would also be neat if each gave 1 GPP, since then a slotted district also gives about double what an unslotted district does (4 v 7). Of course, should natural philosophy cards affect specialists? What about rationalism cards? I wouldn't mind if we kept specialists at base 2, allowed the adjacency cards to double to 4, then had t2/3 buildings pack on an extra point each for 6 total. That would be slick.

    The other side of me listens to the civ4 devil that says we should have way slots more available, otherwise there's no real point in growing your city more and more, since there is no "unemployed citizen" you can use who simply gives a little production. If we had one (they could be assigned to the city center) perhaps they all produce 2 hammers, so we have an outlet. But we would also need a wonder to buff specialist yields, and maybe some cards to play around with food consumption, amenity needs, etc.
  12. killmeplease

    killmeplease Mk Z on Steam

    Nov 22, 2007
    percent modifiers are good for cities working a lot of mines
    what i like about discrete yields is that cities in flat locations (or islands) can have some production
    for such cities there should be a possibility to turn a significant portion of their population into workers, like build a big workshop and set 10 citizens as workers there. they dont have to give gpp or % modifiers, just make some cogs, like 3 per worker.

    i like the Trav'ling Canuck's idea about flipping the citizen mechanics, so that most workers are in the buildings, and only a small part toiling on farms and mines. land improvements can give stuff without being 'worked' directly. its not very realistic though as historically the most of population were peasants. they weren't only growing food though, they were manufacturing much stuff by themselves, like clothes, tools, homes etc. the danger of overpowering specialists is ics: if the land isn't used much, you'd plop as many cities as possible into the smallest area.

    so we need some mechanic to put all the land to use. maybe, cities should grow faster and to higher populations, so they'd run out of land fast and start to employ specialists. that is 36 tiles per city, or 36 people working the land. some tiles will be used up by districts and wonders, and mountains, but still it seems not fun to manage. another solution could be some form of extensive land use, like 1 citizen working several land tiles. it could be that with technology, one citizen would work a group of tiles -- two adjacent tiles, a triangle, a 'diamond' (4 tiles) or a 'flower' (7 tiles). e.g. with combustion, one citizen can work 4 farms (a diamond). with automation, 1 citizen works 2 ajacent lumbermills. that would look very nice on the map. per-city micromanagement would also be reduced.

    for the earlier eras, using the land not working every tile may be realized through adjacency mechanics, like increased yields for pastures per tile of unimproved grassland/plains around it, or unworked farms surrounding worked farms (that's fallow land)

    with such measures, all the land can be put to use without actually assigning most of the citizens to work it, nor increasing populations beyond the reasonable limits.

    and about mines, they could produce a different yield, like.. minerals? or raw materials, to cover lumbermills and other primary sector facilities. they can be represented by a 'pile of something' icon. these should then be consumed by manufacturing sector (workshops in the city, and maybe some improvements, like farms -- historically peasants were producing most of the stuff, before this function shifted to cities), converting raw materials into cogs. so you won't have much people in mines unless you have the matching manufacturing capacity.

    ps: by the way, historically hunter-gatherers had very thin population densities, that means 1 hunter would 'work' several times more tiles than a traditional farmer. a hunter specialist could be assigned to work a 7-tiles 'flower', so even in the early game there would be no unused land (4 hunters cover almost the whole area of the city).
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019

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