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I know that the chances of the game being updated are very slim, but I did not do this topic thinking about having a hope of it being updated, but whether you agree with my suggestions or not.
I'm not going to ask the game for new mechanics because I know it takes time to make them, nor will I criticize AI's mistakes (if I talk about AI I'll write an encyclopedia here) and try to keep the game simple. I will focus only on the existing mechanisms (including those hidden in the game folder) asking for some improvements:
1º - More detailed colonization
The idea of colonization is to be simple, and I think this is cool, however, it could have more details. Like what then? As many have said here on the forum, from a certain number of colonial provinces a colonial nation would emerge; something very similar to the EUIV.
Perhaps this is the most impactful change on this list, since it would have to work on many mechanics.
2nd - More options for triggers and decisions at events
New triggers: having a library / university / laboratory; province by region; level of war exhaustion; nation controls such a province (non-specific).
New decisions: change the nation's leader; add / remove a building; decrease / increase war exhaustion; add / remove risk of revolt; add revolts (by province); give and remove money / declare war / sign treaty / enter a truce with the provincial owner (non-specific);
U: But isn't that already? Not the way I propose. For this to happen in the normal way, it is necessary to choose nation X, which controls the province, and nation Y which is going to do something. This limits the creation of events a lot, because if I put this decision / trigger and the nation I choose to lose control of this province the event becomes useless. Even if you can solve this by putting owner as "neutral" it still does not solve it. I will cite an example: the purchase of Macau by Portugal in the scenario of 1440.
In the event editor I will have to make Portugal lose that amount of money and Ming receive that amount to simulate a purchase and choose to "attach province". When it comes to who controls Macau, I put Ming and the new owner will be Portugal. But what if when the event happens, Macau is with Dai Viet? The event becomes useless.
How would it look the way I propose? Portugal would stay with Macau and the owner would receive the money, no matter who it is.
3rd - Strongest revolts
The revolts are pathetic; they only work if the country that suffers from them is broken - very broken - otherwise it can get rid of the rebels very easily. So just buff the riots.
Oh, and another thing: revolts take a long time to happen, so this also has to be fixed.
4th - Individual alliances
Seriously, this needs to be implemented in the game urgently. It is ridiculous that the only way to form alliances is through blocks. This gets in the way of gameplay a lot. If I'm allied with Spain and want to join Germany too, I can't, because she doesn't have good relations with my ally.
So if there was a way to form individual alliances, I could join Germany without it joining Spain - just like EUIV (EUIV again?).
5th - Religions
Without a doubt, religions would make the game even more complete. And they were almost not implemented in the final version of the game.
If we go to the AOC2 folders, we will find a folder with the icons of the religions. And if we go to read the "Bundle" file, we will find a religion editor.
I don't think it's something that needs to be urgently added to AOC2, but if it exists, put it on!
6th - Reactors and nuclear bombs and espionage
As I already showed in a topic here on the forum, these three are hidden in the "bundle" file.
They are totally unnecessary mechanics; what would espionage help? But as the three are in the same situation as religions, then they must be added to the game.
7th - Embassy
Yes, it also exists within the game. I don't know what that could do, but if it's in the files, it has to be in the game too.
Well these are my ideas, I tried to make suggestions that were not so aggressive to the point of having to create a new mechanics to the game. So what did you think?