The Medmod VI for BNW, v.4 Improved AI performance, smoother gameflow, expanded unit line-ups and better overall balance are the aims of this comprehensive mod. (Gods and Kings and the Spanish DLC are also required.) AI development and behavior- Settings for roads, land and city development have been set to high. Other changes have been made to deliver healthy, but not runaway, expansion, and better unit choices. Namely, defensive (melee) infantry is set to high, while naval and air unit affinities have been lowered. These and other changes have been made to try and keep the AI from building nothing but air and anti-air units once it has access to them. The priority for Archaeologists has been lowered as well. Warmonger hatred has been set to 2, out of 10, for all civs, since it is so easy to obtain this epithet. (As it is now, diplomacy completely ends for the rest of the game the first time you declare war and wipe out a civ. Ridiculous.) AI Loyalty has been set to 8, and deceptiveness to 3, to try and keep the AIs from being forced to declare war on you even when they don't want to. (Don't worry, you'll still get backstabbed once or twice a game.) Construction costs- Units and buildings now cost 20% more to build, except for the most basic items such as Monuments and Warriors. This helps to offset the increased production from improved resources given by the mod. This, combined with the new religious and trade structures, means that you rarely run out of things to build, and must make continuous choices between competing needs. In addition, the costs of modern units, basically from Great War Infantry on up, have been increased by another 35 to 50 percent, since your production capacity expands so much during this era. Units and Combat Stacks- Up to three units may now be stacked on the same tile. The way the AI handles stack combat is both simpler and better than how it was in Civ 4. Once you try it I think you'll really like it. Besides combat, stacking makes it much more convenient to station and move units. Eras- Eight new unit classes have been added to the game. Every era now has both melee and ranged infantry and mounted units. Unique units have been drafted to fill in the holes in the existing unit lineup. The new units are Horse Archers (Huns), Mounted Archers (Keshik), Dragoons (Hussars), Tercio (Spanish), Cuirassiers (Hakka.), Fusiliers (Caroleans), Skirmishers (Foreign Legion) and Marksmen (Pracinha). These new vanilla units have been stripped of their unique abilities, so as not to take away from the unique units. In addition to the new units, Musketmen, Riflemen, Cavalry, Hussars, Legionnaires, Anti-Tank Guns, Pracinha, Comanche Riders and Gunships are now ranged units. Also, several units, both unique and vanilla, have been moved to different eras. Please check out the Tech Chart for an overview. Combat strengths have been modified somewhat to allow for the new units. (Classical Age units are a little less powerful, while Modern Age units are a little more powerful.) Experience levels reduced from 10 to 7. You now receive bonuses at 7, 21, 42, 70, etc. Promotions have been raised from 15 back to 20 percent for open and rough terrains, as has the Great General bonus. Naval promotions have also been upped to 20%. Obsoletion- Except for unique units, units now go obsolete when their immediate successors become available, to keep the AI from continuing to build obsolete units. The exception was made for unique units so that you can have the option of continuing to produce them for their abilities, and immediately upgrade them if you like. Cities The insertion of stacks into the game means that it is now easier to mass your units and quickly take cities. Therefore, city defense and attack have been strengthened. Walls and the like now give more protection and hit points, city ranged attack strength has been increased by 50%, and garrisoned units now add 25% of their strength to city defense, up from 20%. Capturing a city only loses 25% of its population. Mounted units Mounted units have the Shock I promotion to complement their city attack penalty, to represent their traditional strengths and weaknesses. Siamese War Elephants have been reduced in strength, but get the Shock 2 bonus to compensate. Forest Elephants receive the Shock 2 bonus as well. Camel Archers now have a 50% defensive bonus versus mounted units. (Horses don't like the smell of camels.) Lancers now receive a flanking bonus ala Hussars. Comanche Riders are now a ranged unit, and are somewhat stronger as well. Bows Horse Archers have no special abilities, while Mtd. Bowmen can move after firing, and Keshiks can now move to avoid melee attacks, making them harder than ever to destroy. Longbowmen have a 50% defensive bonus versus mounted units. (They used stakes to shield themselves from cavalry charges.) Naval units Later naval units have been increased in strength somewhat, to better withstand bombardment from land units. Embarked units now have a visibility range of 1. Battleships now have 5 movement. Missile Cruisers and Carriers can now carry one more missile and plane, respectively. Caravels now have 6 movement. Dromons now have an attack range of 1. (Greek Fire is obviously a short-range weapon.) Submarines can no longer pillage. Misc. Barbarian units and camps now spawn somewhat less often. Gatling and Machine Guns must set up prior to firing, to emphasize their use as defensive units, and both now have a range of 2. Anti-Aircraft guns and SAMs can no longer attack ground units, and SAMs now require Radar (see tech changes below). Medic promotions now also heal units in the same tile as the medic. Landships and Tanks have lost one movement point. Panzers now begin with the Blitz promotion. Modern Armor now requires Oil instead of Aluminum, while Rocket Artillery no longer requires Aluminum. Fusiliers have a bonus versus cavalry due to their bayonets. (Historically, pikemen didn't entirely disappear from the battlefield until the development of the socket bayonet in the 18th century.) The Longswordsman has been re-named the Man-at-Arms and Cavalry have been re-named Carabiniers. Legions and Rocket Artillery now have 3 movement. Peace treaties now last 15 turns, since the AI now declares war more frequently. Great Prophets now have the Unwelcome Evangelist promotion, and the promotion now takes away a third of the unit's strength per turn. (No longer will Prophets be able to convert your cities with impunity.) Archaeologists now cost about 40% less. Merchants now have 4 movement. Pathfinders cost less, and upgrade to Swordsmen. Impis now replace Swordsmen, and ignore terrain movement penalties. Terrain and Growth Cities now take 25% more food to grow, since the timeline is longer compared to the default game. I also set things so that 90% of the time civs should start the game next to a river. Flat terrain no longer carries a defense penalty, except for Marsh. Hills now give a 33% bonus to units and a 25% bonus to cities. Flood Plains now give an extra food, and Forests give +1 prod. and -1 food. (No more wooded hills that give the same output as grassland.) Oases provide 1 extra food and gold with Aqueducts. The cost of buying plots has been reduced by 10 gold. Cities may not claim tiles more than 3 plots away. Lake Victoria now provides fresh water to surrounding plots. Snow Hills now give 2 production, same as all other hills. Resources and Improvements Undeveloped resources now give a base 1 bonus (Base 1= 1 food, 1 prod. or 2 gold), and improving resources now gives a Base 2 bonus. (Thus an improved resource gives a base 3 bonus versus plain, undeveloped land.) In addition, bonuses have been added where necessary to ensure that each improvement type receives a base 2 total bonus from buildings and/or technology. Oil Wells and Platforms now give 5 prod. Towns (Kasbahs) are a new type of tile improvement added to the game. They can be placed on grasslands and plains, and add +1 production initially, and add 1 food when Biology is researched. They also improve tile defense, the same as Kasbahs. Speaking of Kasbahs, they now add +1 gold with Steam Power, and +1 production with Dynamite. This puts them on par with other types of terrain. Kasbahs can no longer be built on Hills. Brazilwood Camps give +1 prod. bonus in addition to their gold effect, and a +1 food bonus upon discovering Scientific Theory. Trading Posts lose 1 gold but gain 1 production upon researching Railroads. Copper is now treated the same as Iron in regards to development and requirement for Forges. Incense now gives 4 extra gold. Strategic resource exhaustion penalty reduced to 33%. Buildings The cost of purchasing buildings has been reduced by about 30%, in order to try and make gold resources more competitive with production tiles. (The old settings had 1 prod. equal to about 3.5 gold, which is way too much.) Universities now increase science by 50%. Their cost has been raised by 50% as well. Harbors and Seaports now give 2 culture in addition to their existing effects, to simulate the effects of trade. Opera Houses and Museums give 2 and 3 culture, respectively. Their costs have also been increased. Income buildings are now 25% cheaper, since they do not affect trade income. Markets and Banks now give +2 and +3 gold, respectively, in addition to their normal effect. Mints now improve Gems as well, so that they are as valuable as gold and silver. Coffee Houses now give 4 gold. Ducal Stables gold bonus raised to 2. Ironworks require a Forge and only give 6 prod., but add 2 prod. to each source of Iron and Copper, so you'll want to build them in cities with multiple sources of these resources. Windmills and Factories give 4 and 8 production, respectively. Factories now add 1 prod. to each source of Coal and Aluminum, and add +1 production to Forests, thus keeping Forest production equal to that of Mines even if you have the Five Year Plan policy. Hydro Plants now give an additional bonus of 1 food to river tiles. (It doesn't seem right that river tile food production stays the same from Civil Service through the end of the game.) Military Bases now give +15 combat experience. Note that they still require Arsenals. Airports now require 1 Oil. Stoneworks can now be built in cities founded on Plains. (I have no idea why that restriction is in the game.) Wonders Broadway and Uffizi now only contain a civ restriction for their theming bonuses. (Era restrictions removed.) Red Fort increases the effect of defensive buildings by 50%. Happiness Colosseums and Zoos give 3 happiness, while Stadiums give 4. (I honestly don't know how you're even supposed to play the game anymore with what's been done to happiness. It's like you're forced to play the game only one way.) The Garden has been re-named the Public Park. It increases happiness by 3 and is available with Biology. The Zoo picks up the Garden's Great People ability. Note that the Zoo's Great Person effect isn't accounted for in the pop-up that shows the progress rate until Person creation, but I am sure that it is working. Unhappy growth penalty reduced to 50%, and very unhappy production penalty reduced to 33%. National Wonders The required number of buildings has been changed from "all cities" to between 4 and 6, and the increase in cost per city has been reduced by about half. Now expansionist civs should have some chance to build them at a reasonable cost. Note that the code went screwy when I started messing with it, so the number required and cost are only estimates. The Ivy League, a new National Wonder, has been added to the game. It adds 1 point of output to all Specialists in their given field, similar to what the Statue of Liberty does (except for Merchants, which gain 2 gold). Specialists are now a competitive alternative through the end of the game. East India Co. increases trade by an additional 2 gold for both parties. (Wherever I build this, the ai seems to deliberately avoid.) Policies Oligarchy only increases city attacks by 50%. Philanthropy's effect on gifts increased from 25 to 40 percent. Theocracy's effect on Temples has been raised from 10 to 15 percent. Commerce beginner now increases Capital income by 100%. Merchant Confed. now adds 5 gold to the value of city-state routes. (1 gold? Why bother?) Wagon Trains now add 5 gold to the value of land routes. Towns, Chateaus and Brazilwood Camps now gain the same bonuses as Trading Posts upon enacting the Free Thought and Commerce finisher policies. Ideologies Univ. Healthcare, Double Agents and Hero of the People are now level 2 tenets, while Workers' Faculties, Party Leadership and Resettlement are now level 1 tenets. Univ. Healthcare now adds 3 happiness for Nat. Wonders. Hero of the People increases growth rate by 40%. Civ bonuses English, French and Brazillian Golden Ages now last 50% longer. The Turks now have a 40% chance of converting land barbarians, ala the Germans (see origin of Janissaries). Gandhi's population unhappiness bonus has been reduced to 30%. Technologies Tech costs have been increased significantly, from small Ancient-era changes up to a tripling in cost by the Modern Age. I am very pleased with the way that tech progresses now, and I think you will be, too. In addition, I have switched Ballistics and Flight, as well as Radar and Rocketry. Now you get Machine Guns before Landships and aircraft, which fits in with their historical developments. I have also changed and added many tech requirements, to keep civs from jumping ahead along a single path, and to try and assure that a unit of a given era cannot be accessed without first getting its predecessor. The newly-installed science cost increase per city has been reduced by about 25%, in order to try and get the timeline back on track. Culture Growth in the cost of later tiles reduced a little. Again, this has worked out quite well in my games. Also, culture growth should now acquire hills, forests and flood plains as easily as flatlands, and, hopefully, river tiles easiest of all. Specialists Engineers give 3 prod., and Merchants give 5 gold. (The AI loves specialists, so I gave them more value to match the production of tiles.) City-states Cultural and Religious CS's now give more culture and faith, respectively. Also, killing Barbs and gifting units give more influence. Misc. The preferred religion of several civs has been changed to reflect reality, and GG units and the like don't change appearance until the Modern Age, when you actually get Combustion. Great Generals After some research, I decided to replace several of the GG's in the game, so be on the lookout for Hannibal, Frederick the Great, Wellington, the Duke of Marlborough and others. Also, GG's now have 3 movement and +1 sight, while Great Admirals have 6 movement. About the Medmod series: The Medieval Mod series started out in 1999 with a small mod to address some issues in the medieval period of the game Civilization: Call-to-Power, and eventually grew to encompass the entire game. As things worked out, I kept the name Medmod for the name recognition not only for that mod, but all my mods. For my work on CtP I and II, I was inducted into the Apolyton HoF a few years back. Next I went on to the Total War series' Medieval edition, and the Medmod IV, or WesMod as some knew it, again earned me HoF recognition, this time at TotalWar.org. Since then I have continued to mod games, though none were nearly as big a project as these early works.