Some key civs might be needed in the game. Some of these are inspired by Rome Total War.
Celts. (they can be renamed to Britons, if a British Isles scenario. In France, Gauls.) Basically fast moving infantry, but lacking the final armor upgrade. Decent archers and chariots. Infantry have a cheaper cost. Lower infantry cost since it fits their barbarian horde theme.
Germans. High HP infantry that lack armor. Specialize in armor piercing axe weapons. Fearsome ambush infantry. Berserkers, glass cannon infantry, high damage, but low HP and armor.
The Huns and the Vandals. I should not have to go into detail about this one.
The Franks. Barbarian version of them. Great axe thrower infantry and cavalry.
Iberians. Both Carthage and Rome faced them in Spain.
Everyone is talking about it, including him, and his point is that they do not fit the game. Which is more than a reasonable thing to point out.
AoE1 is called AoE1 because it’s not AoE2. There is not a single civ that is ‘missing’. As usual, it’s all wishful thinking. Words have meaning and should be used properly.
Bringing the ancient era to the table doesn’t mean it needs to be expanded in a way that includes everything before the beginning of the medieval age.
Most of the things mentioned here are in AoE2 already in one shape or form.
Given the timeline of AOE1 (stop around AD 300) for the proposed civs :
Celts : yes. Either keep them a single civ, or split them between Gauls (armour + cavalry), Britons (chariots), Dacians (damage-dealing infantry)… the Gauls also had a decent cavalry, not heavy though, and had stopped using chariots by the time of the Gallic War (chariots were very impractical, mounted cavalry replaced them for everyone who had access to strong enough horses). They also had very good chainmail and had mastered iron before the Romans did, so they definitely should have good armour. Britons are famous for using chariots but it’s mainly because they were behind the technologic curve. As for the Dacians, they used 2-handed war scythes that terrified the Romans, making them use some armour extensions to protect their arms.
Germans : yes. Like the Gauls, they had a decent light cavalry, used as auxiliae by Caesar.
Huns : by the time they appear on the radar, we’re already in AOE2 territory. May I suggest the Scythians instead for a horse archer civ ?
Vandals : toss them in the Germans. By the time they become significant, we’re in AOE2 territory, where the Goths are a good placeholder civ.
Franks : toss them in the Germans. Their confederation wasn’t formed yet by the time of the Principate so they’d only “appear” at the very tail end of AOE1
Iberians : I’m not sure about them. I knew some Celts were in Iberia but I don’t know how much of the peninsula they controlled.
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