Hello all. I was hoping to present an idea I had for two new classes in the tech tree; the Bard and the Scholar.
The idea behind the class is that by having a bard or a scholar in your town, you can have them create songs or books and give them to the citizens of your town to gain small buffs to various attributes.
The bard would the the tier one version of the information classes. He would compose songs and play them around town to give small buffs to the citizens of your town. This could include things such as +10% building speed, -5% to material cost, +10% damage to goblins, etc. The idea of the buffs would be that they are small in order to not make the bard too important, but at the same time still be helpful to your citizens.
The scholar is the second tier of the information class. His purpose is to write books and then print copies on a printing press for the citizens to read. He would provide better buffs than the bard (such as a +15% instead of +10% for building speed).
Also, the scholar could have the ability to do research, which would allow for new benefits to be given to the citizens, such as new recipes for craftsman, or even research into magic and the arcane for your mages. (I recall it was planned that magic would be hard to gain access to. If your adventures found ancient tomes on their travels, perhaps the scholar would be the one to decipher them)
Idea for Progression
For the bard and the scholar, I imagine they would take the same steps to create new information:
Step One: Research
You can’t create ideas from nothing. Your bard or scholar would talk to the citizens in order to get a new idea to write about. I imagine having more citizens, having a tavern to visit, or having travellers visiting your town would make this process go by faster.
Step Two: Compose
The bard and scholar would sit down at their desk and create a new work. The bard would compose his next great ballad, and the scholar would write a new book for the citizens to enjoy.
Step Three: Distribute
Information is no good without people to enjoy it. The bard would play his song for the people to listen to and the scholar would print numerous copies of his book at a printing press.
I hope you like the idea. Let me know if you think of any improvements to the design or if you have any ideas of your own with the class. I hope to start experimenting with making models in the near future, so I’ll try my hand at making the citizens and their tools as well.
Thanks for reading!