I would like to introduce this idea of introducing a new archery range technology which serves as a form of thumb ring for the underperforming hand cannons for gunpowder civs.
New imperial age archery range tech: matchlock
Decrease the fire rate of hand cannons by 10% (11% faster attackspeed)
Spanish baiscally get a better version with 15% (18% attackspeed)
Also affects janissary and organ guns (and conqs but Spanish won’t get the tech)
Available only to civs were it makes sense historically up until 1600:
Maybe add byz
Maybe add goths
Maybe add burgundian if they get HC
Requires Chemistry to be researched
Research time 1 Minute (thumb ring is 45s)
Costs 250f 150g (thumb ring is 300 good 250 wood)
In a fast imp players can either choose to get more hc out our invest for the tech with similar cost and same building uses. This is to balance the power spike.
This tech is not as good as the Spanish civ bonus and no one ever in the history of aoe2 complained about the op Spanish handcannons so it should be totally fine for balance.
This tech is supposed to be the parthisn tactics for gunpowder civs.
Not available to the following civs with hc:
Maybe add sicilia of the get HC
Hopefully, those gunpowder civs that have already HC bonuses would then maybe actually use the unit outside of fast imps on arena.
Alternatively the tech could be put into the university as a follow up tech after ballistic (still requires chemistry first).
In AoK there was a tech to unlock hand cannons. This can be used to implement this easily (reuse the icon and old code)
Would you like such a tech introduced? Do you feel this is unbakanced/unneeded?