This is my first NES, and I have to say that I am not very sure if this is going to work actually, but I am going to do my best in this matter. This is mostly based on CrezNES: ARTOR, which is the NES I have enjoyed the most so far, but I have also added a few ideas of my own. This is a fresh start NES, that is, one where there are no established nations at this moment. The map to be used is going to be the normal Earth map. You will have to pick out a place to start from. Remember that you are only going to start with one city (or cave, as you will be starting with a group of cavemen). The climate and such of this planet will be very similar to this Earth, so there won't be any problem on that part. Stat Template and Explanations: Spoiler : Stat Template: Tartessos / Milarqui Government: Monarchy Capital: Tartes Age: Iron Age Colour: Dark Green EC: 17/6 (-2 upkeep) Army: 5 Swordsmen, 3 Archers, 2 Riders, 2 Guerrillas (6) Navy: 4 Galleys, 1 Oar-Ship, 1 Colony Ship (7) Air: Spies: Trist (3) Culture: 10 Religion: Gaianism (50%) Researching: Alphabet (5/15) Completed Research: Stone Age, Archery, Bronze Melting, Calendar, Sailing, Writing, Iron Melting Projects: Wonders: Temple of Gaia (gives +3 gold, +3 culture, reduces chances of cultural flip) (12/20) Land UU: Guerrilla: soldier trained to ambush and make sneak attacks against unprepared enemies and supply trains. 1 EC Sea UU: Colony Ship: a special vessel that allows you to bring colones to other places and establish new cities and trade ports, but has no true weapons in it, making it quite a weak enemy. 1 EC. Air Force UU: Government Just invent your own idea of a government, but always with a name that can be linked to some known government (you can call it “Personal Dominion of the God-Emperor”, just as long as it is clear that it's the fancy name you give to “Monarchy”. A change of government might require a good story in which you expose your thoughts on how it would change and why, else it might cause you a temporal loss of EC. Capital It's your first city and the most important one of your nation. If an attack makes you lose your capital, your income will reduce in a 25% (to make up for the loss of bureaucracy and such), but your army and navy quality will raise 1 point (the soldiers are wishing to take the capital city of their nation back from the enemy, and will do the best to defeat them). Age You advance age when you first research one of the techs of that age, but this can't be done until you have researched at least 2/3 of the techs in your current age and all the techs in the age before. The Ages will be as it is: Stone Age - Bronze Age - Iron Age - Classical Age - Dark Ages - Middle Ages - Renaissance - Age of Enlightenment - Industrial Age - Modern Age - Contemporary Age - Future Age Color The color that identifies your territories in the map. EC EC is the economical capacity of your nation. In 17/6 (-2 upkeep) the first number tells you how much EC you win per turn. The second number says how much EC you have stored in your Treasury. The last number tells you how much money you lose per turn due to events like your forces' upkeep or occupation of part of your lands during a war. Ways to improve your EC are: researching technologies, building certain Wonders and, the most important, creating Projects to improve the way of life of your people. Army/Navy/Air Force/Space It says which troops you have, and the quality level, which can go between 1 and 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. Army/Navy/Air Force/Space Quality can be raised through training, winning battles that are not too dipped in your favor and building certain wonders or getting certain techs before anyone else. For each 5 army units, you have to pay 1 upkeep. The same for 5 navy units, for 5 air force units and for 5 space units, save for certain units. You don't have to pay upkeep for outdated units. Having outdated units in your army can be a good idea, sometimes, as they don't cost upkeep, but you can't build them once the new unit has arrived. The only unit that can be built at any time is the Warrior. Raising your Army's overall level costs their current level in EC times the number of units you have, while updating an unit to a better type costs half the Army level times the difference between the cost of each unit in EC. In both cases, the affected units can't be used to attack, although they will defend against enemy attacks. Spies This unit will be used to launch "spy missions" in other nations (see below). One spy costs 1 IC and will always start with 0 experience (unless certain wonders are built). Experience may be won with training (you have to spend their current experience plus 1) or by succeeding in missions. A training spy may not engage in a mission that turn. Culture You raise this by writing good stories in the thread and building wonders. 1 story gives you 1 point. This is useful because if one of your neighbors does not have any culture and you have much, you might be able to culture-flip him and then the country will become part of your empire. Religion Also a new idea (taken from Civ4), it's supposed to be part of the glue that holds your country together, and it might also expand to other countries, thus easing your way into the enemy's territory or pave the way for a political union between two neighbors. The percentage means how many people are followers of that religion. It is affected negatively by the size of your nation, the kind of government you have and the presence of other religions, and positively by your culture and the money you are willing to spend on it (this won't happen until you get Priesthood). Please, try to make them interesting, don't go to the normal religions (i.e: the 7 religions that can be discovered in Civ4). Researching Indicates what is your nation investigating. Up to two technologies can be investigated at the same time. Once you advance an age, the technologies from the age before will reduce their price to a half of their original price. Starting with Bronze Age, each technology gives a bonus to the first nation that researches it. It can be a economy raise, military help or scientific improvements, to name a few. If two nations get the same advancement at the same time, the one who sent the orders first will get the bonus. Every new nation will get 1 free technology when they start. Completed Research It lists the techs you have already learnt. When you have researched all the techs for an age, all the techs will be substituted with the name of the Age. Project This is a small project that might improve the lives of the people in the country in some way. Describe me the idea you have and I will give you a value in IC. Projects can be scrapped if the money is needed, but only half that money is recovered. You can build as many projects as you want at the same time, but try to keep working on them all or else you might start to lose money. Wonder Like with the project, this will give you some advantage over the other nations, only that I am designing these. They will be equilibrated so that each person can have the possibility to build one wonder. Only 1 Wonder at the same time. UU This is a unit you have to invent from the start. You can base it on one of the normal units, giving it some extra advantages and some disadvantages and a fancy name; or you can create it from scratch (as I have done in the example). You can have 1 Army UU, 1 Navy UU, 1 Air Force UU and 1 Space UU. The Air Force UU won't be used until we reach the Industrial Age (with Flight), and the Space UU until the Contemporary Age (with Space Flight). The UUs can evolution as the ages pass, but they will always have to have the same function and be similar. If you want to change UUs, then the UUs you have will have a probability of joining the normal army that will depend on your army/navy/air force level (the highest the biggest the probability is) and the number of UUs you have (the highest chance will be for the first unit, then decreasing for the next). Other rules: Spoiler : Trading When you get Wheel (Stone Age), you will be able to start trading across land. Sailing (Bronze Age) will let you trade across the sea, and Compass (Renaissance) will let you trade across the ocean. You can trade nearly anything. Commercial Trade means the typical kind of trade where your merchants go to your neighbors' markets to sell things and viceversa. Tech Trade (which you won't get until one trader gets Writing) means that you give one of your technologies to other nation in exchange of gold, other technology and/or military help. Opening a Commercial Trade route has to be done through an order in your PM orders. Once the trade route is started, unless there is disturbances due to war or barbarians, both of your nations will start to get a +1 EC/turn. Every 3 turns the trade route goes unmolested will raise the EC won in 1, until you get a +5 EC/turn. Spying A new idea in the RTOR NES field, it gives you the chance to do special attacks against your enemy. To do this, you need the Alphabet technology and at least 1 Spy. Easy missions for a spy would be to send him and see what information he can get about one enemy or to disrupt a trading route. Other possibilities would be to create riots in your enemies' border cities, reduce the development of a wonder/project, stunt the enemies' economical growth or do some counter-spying to make sure you aren't attacked. Even harder can be to actually steal technologies you don't have, assassinate the leader of an enemy or maybe start up a civil war. And when we get to nuclear bombs, your spy could put one small nuke in your enemies capital and reduce it to tiny shreds. However, it's not all as easy: you will also have to spend money if you want a mission to happen, and the success of the mission will depend on yours and your enemies achievements; the experience of the spy you are sending and that of any enemy spy doing some counter-spying; how much extra money you spend; and the difficulty of the mission. La Resistance Even after losing all your standing army and being completely invaded, you still have a last chance. Resistance/Freedom/Guerilla Fighters might raise against the invader (if your culture and/or religion is strong enough) and start a hit-and-run war that might make the enemy re-consider whether the idea of invading you was good (remember that Napoleon himself, in all his military wisdom, wasn't even able to get rid of the Spanish Guerrilleros). If a friendly army helps you give the boot to them, so much the better. I Condottieri When someone gets Currency (an Iron Age Technology), mercenary armies will be available to everyone in the continent is discovered. There will be one or two per continent, and will fight for you if the pay is high enough. Of course, the possibility of a better offer coming from the enemy to turn the mercs against you is very likely, because the mercenaries work for the highest bidder. For starters, mercenaries will be NPCs, although if someone decides to make up and play one of them, he is welcome to it. Stats: Name of the company Headquarters (City & Nation) Other Bases (From where operations can be launched) Income (starting 3 IC, represents the money earned from people that might ask for the mercenaries' help in any matter that doesn't require a whole army) Treasury (self-explained) Investments (like projects, but oriented to win money in merchantile experiments and acquiring better equipment) Land/Navy/Air/Space Units (again, self-explained) Special Unit (the UU) Example: The Hideyoki Brothers Headquarters in: Won-To, Koopa Kingdom Other Bases: Banga, Singodia; Al-Basra, Babylonian Empire; Memphis, Damietta Income: 5 EC (-1 Upkeep) Treasury: 2 EC Investments: Special Banking System: Allows people to travel without money on them, as they can make a deposit in one of the company's bases and then retire the same money from other base. It also allows the company to give small loans to people for a small interest. (4/10) Land Units: 4 Knights, 3 Pikemen, 3 Crossbowmen, 2 Mounted Knights, 1 Trebuchet, 1 Ninja Navy Units: 3 Cogs, 2 Frigates, 2 Galleons Special Unit: Ninja: used to launch assassination and spying missions. Cost: 1 EC. Of course, the units cost would be the same as in normality, and to make up for the fact that they can't do much unless they are hired and that they are professional soldiers, their upkeep will cost half the normal upkeep (as in, 1 Upkeep per 10 Units). Starting Merc Companies will have 5 EC worth of soldiers and ships, at level 5.