I am not a Forum veteran, obviously, so I may be in the totally wrong forum. And I'm SURE that this topic has been addressed out there somewhere. But I haven't been able to find a thread that discusses substantive suggestions as to game content - as opposed to bugs that need to be addressed. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I certainly would appreciate it. In the meantime, here are a few substantive suggestions.
1. There ought to be a way to convert (through an appropriate expenditure of denarii and in a city with the appropriate infrastructure) the old hastati/principes/triarii legions into Post-Marian cohort-based legions. I HATE playing the Roman factions, gathering hard-won experience, and having my veteran units whittled down over time with no opportunity to retrain once the Marian Reform occurs. I realize that this phenomenon does have some basis in history: Marius opened the ranks to any citizen, regardless of property, and propertied men from the old-style legions might have been disinclined to become professional soldiers with long-term service commitments. However, I feel certain that at least SOME of the new Marian legionaries were drawn from the ranks of the existing army. Make the cost high, if you must, but there should be a better solution than having to create wholly new armies from scratch.
2. Similarly, there should be some mechanism to convert Early Legionary Cohorts into Late Legionary Cohorts. According to the game stats, the only difference is the armor, i.e., the lorica hamata vs. the lorica segmentata, as opposed to better training, different weaponry, or higher numerical unit strength. That said, what is the justification for requiring an additional infantry building? If anything, the tech tree requirement should be in the form of a blacksmith/armorer/foundry. And there should be a way to convert to Late Cohorts, unless the Late Cohorts are not made available until after a certain date.
3. Does anyone know when/if the expansion pack is coming out? Iím totally out of the loop on that. If there is going to be a RTW expansion, Iím sure itís well along the development pipeline. For those of us with neither the computer savvy nor the time to do mods and to create campaigns and such, I would like to see a Late Empire campaign (see my screen name to find out why). I also think an Early Republic campaign, properly researched, would be interesting, perhaps with the object of conquering the peninsula (new factions: Samnites, Phoenicians, Greeks, Epiroits, Sabines, Etruscans, Picentes, and others?).