So as most people know, when speaking on how to balance the Italians, I’m in favor of small changes mostly in imp (+2 vs EW for condos, or giving them SE) and strongly against feudal buffs.
But anyway, I had some random ideas the other day about feudal buffs for them, and I thought that it won’t hurt anybody to discuss such hypothetical balance changes and see if they could work. So tell me your feedbacks.
So here is my random ideas:
Fortifications are build 15% faster:
Basically the old korean bonus, the biggest effect is on feudal since you would save time walling, and so gathering more resources. Towers too would be going faster, but that hardly would make Italians a tower rushing civ.
The other notable effect is on castles, which would go up faster, but hardly this would make Italians on the level of franks or spanish. Still, it would help for massing those slow GC a bit sooner. In the end, is half of what spanish get, and it’s limited on fortifications only.
The main idea however is that this bonus would help them survive on a moment of the fame when they are most vulnerable.
Just to give the exact numbers, the second saved are:
- Palisade tile: 1s (basically pre-nerf palisades)
- P. gate: 4.5s
- Stone tile: 1.5s
- S. gate: 10.5s
- Outpost: 2s
- Towers: 12s
- Castle: 30s
The other idea instead is:
Tumb Ring is 33% cheaper, and can be researched in feudal age.
That’s pretty much self explanatory. It’s overall a bit of resources saved, and a bit of a weaker etiopians bonus (they get the 18% faster RoF for free and then also TR) but it also give the 100% accuracy.
It maybe strong, but it would still be 200 food and 167 wood, which it’s a lot for feudal. Then if you play standard and tech into it in castle age, it’s 183 resources more saved that stack up with the 158 resources saved from ballistics.
Again, those are more of random ideas, nothing that I want to push too seriously, unless I get a positive feedback, so don’t be afraid of destroying such hypothesis if you have solid arguments.
And if they are broken for Italians, well the suggestion may work for another civ, who knows…