Hello everyone. To those who haven't heard of me, lucky you. A shame we will change that.
I'm a now 41 years, father of an 18 year old who loves tabletop roleplaying. I never got into it but I understand why he loves it, especially as the DM, he gets to tell stories. One day he spoke about how hard it was for him to create a brand new world because he ended up with the same issues as he always would in normal fantasy, he kept falling in the same traps. I thought that if he and his friends played a game of Civ while roleplaying as various races it would allow them to organically create a new world with it's own unique backstory, relationships between races and so on.
My first thought was to simply use the existing Civs and just take the closest ones to what we expected dwarfs, thiefling and 10 types of elves to be. But then I remembered that mods are a thing and well... you can figure out how that lead me here. But at this point, the project is getting on a life of it's own. I have multiple people offering to help me with code, some with art. Because yes, I started modding for this project, that was about 4 or 5 weeks ago and I'm still in need of learning some real basic stuff. But I'm also a smart 41 years old who remember a bit of his computer sciences classes from 20 years ago and knows how to be intelligently lazy.
To begin with, I will not make new 3D content. I will use what the game has, assets made available by others on those forums and if anyone else say they can do something cool then I won't refuse but I already am trying to tackle enough on my own to not be interested in learning 3D on top.
Now as far as what I want to do, basically apply a coat of fantastic paint to the world. I will change very little in terms of game play but I will do my best to make it a unique experience using fantasy as the backdrop instead of this realistic world that Firaxis rightfully uses for Civilization (althgouh a Civ 7 DLC fantasy paint job would get my 10$ Sid...). What I will change is every name, new descriptions when needed, new great people and about a gazillion other small things. And to top it all off I want the game to end more around the industrial ages because the aestetics after aren't letting themselves to fantasy easily. So that mean cutting down about half of the game and stretching the history of evolution as cities and Civilizations from the ancient times to industrial era while being a similar experience in terms of time to a normal game. So I will need to make a bunch of new techs that will fill the spaces in between. Similarly I will probably change the Civic tree a little althought not as much. But everything else... pretty much will be changed in one way or another.
I will need help for this project to be as cool as it can be, I can't do it all alone. It's my first mod, it's a bit pushing the expectations. But with some help from people who have experience and can point me in the right direction and help from people who want to be a part of the project, I know we can do something that will, at the very least, be interesting to play.
What help am I looking for? All kinds. I will need to rename a lot of things and I'm trying to accomplish some goals so maybe you will simply have the best idea for my project (the best idea would be something SIMPLE to implement). But if you want to make a fantasy looking building, unit, wonder... This project is too large and too open at this stage to not have things we could work with.
Also, after being less and less sure of how interested the people around me were I asked and now I know I need all the help I can get. Because I'm alone in this but I've made too many strides and had too many ideas I want to see finished to stop there. It might just mean I'll rely on creative commons images way more than I originally wanted to.
However that just threw a wrench into my plans so I will now need to take a day or two to put things back into place in my head as to what else I need. Once I am a it more clear there, I will upate the next three posts, the reserved ones. For now, this is what I plan on having down here:
- What I am trying to do by myself (meaning in the event that no one helps and I have only the game content and the units shared by the community).
- The things I'm thinking someone in the community could do or help with
- An FAQ about me, the project etc. For now mostly humoristic.
I hope for one thing, it's that this can be a giant brainstorming for a fantastic version of Civilization. Maybe some ideas won't be for me but maybe it will also give ideas to others who weren't interested in modding but might be with a subject like this. Or maybe it will give ideas to the high end modders who are NOT "kind of like Neo but small scale"... or so I was told repeatedly.
Until I update everything else, thank you for your interest and I promise this will get into high gear very soon.