The Unofficial Expansion to Civilization 4:
Civ4: World of Legends
Turn your civilization into a Legend!
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“World of Legends” is an “unofficial expansion” mod to Civilization 4. Although occasionally we will include additions that probably would not make it in a true expansion (such as the addition of “Modern” civs like Brazil), we are trying to keep close to an “expansion” format; the mod will feature new civs, units, buildings, wonders, leaders, core features, and even scenarios. There will also be other additions for game balance, aesthetics, and fun.
So why are we wasting our time, coding, to make this mod? Well, we have two main reasons:
- Entertainment: We are here to make something lighter than the hardcore mods like “Total Realism” or “Rhye’s and Fall of Civilization”, but still make something more exciting then “New Pholish Civilization Mod”.
- Parody: We’re trying to mimic an expansion here, so all features of a real expansion, good AND bad, will be introduced, to give all a feel of a new expansion.
The main feature of the game will be the addition of “hero” units, similar to that of Fall from Heaven. Each civilization can build three unique heroes; they will be super-powerful military units whose capabilities could mean the difference between victory and defeat. However, heroes must also be used with caution, as once they are For each civilization, there are two “military” heroes, and one “national” hero. The “national” hero, although much weaker than the military heroes (but still powerful in his own right), can construct the civilization’s unique national wonder, which can provide the civilization remarkable benefits. Military heroes range from Robin Hood to Zheng He to Cteshwayo. National heroes range from Imhotep to Merlin to Henry the Navigator. National wonders include those such as “The Art of War” for the Chinese and the Chartes Cathedral for the French.
Mercenaries are now available for hire! Quickly created units, mercenaries can be useful at times – but also costly. Many mods already feature mercenaries, but in “World of Legends”, there are different types of mercenaries to hire.
- Global Warming will be improved greatly for more realism, danger, and depth.
- Throne Room: Its the return of the throne room! Just like in earlier games, there it is - the pointless, aesethic part of the game, which you can view to see your splendor. This time, however, each civilization receives its own unique throne room - so you'll be seeing the American flag in the American throne room, or oriental dragons in the Chinese throne room, or Persian rugs in the Persian throne room!
Three new leader traits will be introduced to make room for more leaders.
Progressive: +15% science boost in cities, ½ cost of Recycling Center, Levee
Agrarian: +1 food on spaces generation 2 or more food, ½ cost of Grocer, Supermarket
Seafaring: Free Navigation I promotion for all sea units, caravels and galleons cost 1/2 original cost
In addition, the Protective trait will now grant only Drill I to archery and gun units, but it will also give +2 espionage points in each city.
Additionally, some of the leaders traits have been rearranged for balance and “historical accuracy”. For example, Shaka is now Aggressive and Organized, and Tamerlame has taken the Aggressive and Expansive traits.
[font=Trebuchet MS]Rampage through ranks of puny enemies with Vietnamese Battle Elephants, trade your way to victory with the Indonesians, or defeat the not-deserving-place-in-BtS HRE with Polish Winged Cavalry! 16 civilizations and their corresponding leaders are available in total.
20 New Leaders:
20 new leaders will be available for older civs. Play against crafty and skillful Margaret I of the Vikings, the cultured Harun al-Rashid, the conquest-hungry Pachacuti, or the seductive Theodora! New leaders are:
-Meiji of the Japanese
-Philip II of the Spanish
-Taizong of the Chinese
-Akbar of the Indians
-Hadrian of the Romans
-Narmer of the Egyptians
-Pachacuti of the Incas
-Margaret I of the Vikings
-Hiawatha of the Native Americans
-Harun al-Rashid of the Arabians
-Sejong of the Koreans
-Theodora of the Byzantines
-Nedbuchadnezzar of the Babylonians
-Vercingetorix of the Celts
-Menelik II of the Ethiopians
-Otto I of the HRE
-Siyah K'ak' of the Mayans
-Cleisthenes of the Greeks
-Henry VIII of the English
-Hulegu of the Mongols
Buildings and Wonders:
Several new buildings will be added, such as the Herbalist, an early-game health booster. Wonders will also be added, such as The Sphnix and the CN Tower, as well as National Wonders, like the Grand Canal. Additionally, as mentioned above, each civilization will have a “Unique National Wonder” that can be built by their National Hero – “Unique National Wonders” such as the Potala Palace for the Tibetans, Big Ben for the English, and Abu Simbel for the Egyptians.
A number of units will be added. Though not confirmed, units such as Javelineers and Guerillas could make an appearance. Also added in will be civilization unique units, such as Israelite Maccabees, Swahili Catavarmans, and Austrian Hussars, as well as the Hero units.
Some new resources will be introduced, such as Salt and Potatoes.
[font=Trebuchet MS]Five new technologies will appear in the game representing most areas of history (although currently where exactly on the tech tree they are is still under discussion).
There will also be one new civic for each category, giving you some more choices in choosing how to manage your government. Likely civics to be put in includes those such as “Constitutional Monarchy” and “State Atheism”. We are considering also whether to put an "overall" category of civics, i.e., civics like "Democracy" or "Fuedalism", similar to the Civ3 governments.
Also, as an aesethic change, we are considering adding the "Dynamic Civ Names" mod, which changes a civilization's name every civic change; i.e., a Democracy in China would be called the "Republic of China", while a Kingdom in Greece would be called the "Kingdom of Greece".
Religions and Corporations:
At this time, any new additions to these areas are inconclusive. However, I am thinking of adding a Fast Food Corporation (Supersize Food Chain), which causes massive bad health in cities.
Scenarios will be completed as the final main section of the mod. Somewhere around five to ten scenarios will be included. Possible scenarios include:
-American Civil War: Fight as the North to re-unite the United States, or as the South to claim your independence!
-Arteran: Empire at War: An indirect sequel to Cybrxkhan's original mod, Arteran: The Three Empires, lead one of the powerful families vying for control in Aidis' darker future, and spread one of three ideologies to lead Aidis to brighter days.
-South American Independence: Become Simon Bolivar and fight for independence against the Spanish in an era where Imperialism, Nationalism, and Liberty fight!
-German Unification: Napoleon may be dead, but those pesky French are still around. Nevertheless, play as Prussia, Austria, or another German state, and change the course of history for Germania... and the entire world as well...
Although we are not in a desperate need for manpower, if you have some suggestions, or would like to contribute artwork or any smaller modifications, this is welcome, and we will consider these. We will especially need an experienced, building and unit artist later, when we implement our heroes and mercenaries. Any comments, suggestions, complaints, etc., are welcome.
Contact and Questions:
Feel free to PM any of the “World of Legends” team members if you have any questions. Also, thanks to the kindness of Ball Lightning, we have a forum of our own at his website – which is here: http://forums.civunited.net/forum.php.
“World of Legends” Team Members:
Cybrxkhan: Head Planner, Manager
Dutchking: Art Manager, XML
Gaius Octavius: Chief Advisor, Python
Ball Lightning: Events
Seven05: Python and SDK
Zerver: Unit Art