I was happy to see Dracula’s campaign in the Forgotten Empires DLC, especially since Age of Empires II is such a popular game.
Romania was never important in the play of major powers, which is why most historical games ignore Romania, but I was sightly dissapointed to notice that there’s no Vlach culture, instead the players plays with 3 different civillizations: the Turks, the Magyars and the Slavs.
Can you make an update with the Vlach culture? With the Definitive Edition releasing sometime this fall, it can be a part of it.
It shouldn’t be too much of an effort, considering that it’s Eastern European like the Magyars and Slavs most buildings and units will look the same.
I can help with research.
Like Slavs, the Vlach culture had Boyars as nobles and Orthodoxy as religion, this is because the Vlach culture was influenced by the Slavic one, although Orthodox Christianity comes from the Byzantines. But it was different in many ways.
If you don’t like the Impaler unique unit from that link and want to keep Boyars unique you can use any of the following for Vlach unique units:
I personally like Wallachian Calvalryman, they are more realistic than Impalers.
If you don’t like the Bran Castle, the wonder can be Sucevita Monastery/Painted Monastery.
One of the painted monasteries of Bucovina, that is currently an UNESCO heritage site.
For civillization bonuses:
- Knights cost 15% less (The Order of the Dragon was created with the purpose of defeating the Ottoman Empire. The nickname “Tepes” is the Romanian equivalent of “the Impaler”, “Teapa” means spike in Romanian, the real name of Vlad Tepes was Vlad Dracul, Dracul meant the Dragon)
- Villagres have 20% more armor (Vlach military was strict, every peasant was trained to defend himself and those that refused were put to death)
- Skirmishers fire 20% faster (Since they were most of the time outnumbered, Vlachs used harassment and hit and run tactics a lot)
Team Bonus: Villagers carry 20% more food (There was serfdom in Wallachia, affecting Gypsies and foreign slaves but also the local population, most of the population was made of farmers and shepherds)
For language you can use Romanian, this is the first written doccument in Romanian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neac%C8%99u%27s_letter from 1521, it is still understanable in modern Romanian.
“As opposed to the first documents of other languages, which are in general more ancient, the Romanian language used in this letter is very similar to the language spoken in the present day”.
For AI rulers you can use:
- Stephen III the Great (1435 - 1504) - Prince of Moldavia that won renown in Europe for his long resistance to the Ottoman Turks.
- Michael II the Brave (1558 - 1601) - Prince of Wallachia, he achieved the first union of Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia (the three principalities largely inhabited by Vlachs).
- Vlad III the Impaler (1431 - 1476) - Prince of Wallachia, that the campaign Dracula is about.
- Constantin Brancoveanu (1654 – 1714) - Prince of Wallachia.
- Basarab I the Founder (Before 1310 - 1352) - Founder of Wallachia.
- Bogdan I the Founder (Before 1307 - 1367) - Founder of Moldavia.
- Mircea the Elder (1355 - 1418) - Prince of Wallachia.
- Dimitrie Cantemir (1673 – 1723) - Prince of Moldavia.
- Vlad II the Dragon (Before 1395 - 1447) - Prince of Wallachia, father of Vlad the Impaler and son of Mircea the Elder.
- Radu the Fair (1437 - 1475) - Prince of Wallachia, younger brother of Vlad the Impaler.
- Matei Basarab (1588 - 1654) - Prince of Wallachia.
- Alexandru Lapusneanu (1499 - 1568) - Prince of Moldavia.
I hope a dev will see this message. Please, make it happen, it would mean a lot to many Romanians.