Greetings Europa Barbarorum fans.
One of the wonderful things about Europa Barbarorum for RTW was, well, its Wonders.
In place of the very few and Graeco-Romanocentric "wonders" from vanilla Rome Total War, the EB team researched and implemented more than 70 historically accurate man-made and natural Unique Buildings of the ancient world, from the British Isles to India. Not only did they appear as buildings, with descriptions and bonuses; many of them were made into Battle Map models, so you could fight in the shade of Stonehenge or between the feet of the Sphinx at Giza.
Europa Barbarorum 2 will retain many if not most of these features, but the introduction of a unique Province Building for every region gives us the opportunity to expand this kind of content.
And this is where you, the community, can be part of the project. There are many wonderful features of the classical world, and the success of the Quotes Project has convinced us that our community of fans has a lot to contribute.
We are looking for two kinds of things.
1. "Wonders of the Ancient World" that could be made into Unique Buildings as in EB1.
2. Significant and interesting features of geography or culture that could be part of the Province Building descriptions.
Don't be overly concerned with categorizing your submissions. Ultimately the team will decide how best to use the material. It goes without saying that we are only interested in unique features that are contemporary to 3rd, 2nd and 1st centuries BCE: the Eiffel Tower is very unique and wonderful, but wouldn't be appropriate for Europa Barbarorum.
1. No Spam will be tolerated. Spurious, "funny", or obscene posts will be deleted and the poster reported to global moderators if necessary. If the Team's time is wasted on policing juvenile spam, the project will be abandoned and the thread locked and/or deleted.
2. Look at the list of Wonders already in EB or already proposed. Posting something that is already there just wastes everyone's time. A search of the thread will help determine if your idea has already been posted.
3. The Team will decide which wonders will be included. There may be an upper limit to how many are possible, and overall balance will also be a consideration. Ultimately, we'll decide what goes in the release, although anyone can modify their own version if they wish.
4. Do Not Overdo It with Images. Please be considerate of other forum members who may have slower internet connexions or older computers: if you have a big image, use thumbnails or [spoil] tags to minimize its impact. Feel free to hyper-link to images on Wikipedia or other sites rather than posting them directly here.
5. Do the Research. Don't just post a name- we need some information about whatever it is you think should be included. Bear in mind that neolithic sites like Newgrange may well have disappeared by the Iron Age, only to be rediscovered by modern archaeology. We need some evidence that the site was known to the people of EB.
6. Be Original. Do not just copy and paste Wikipedia articles- if you care enough about a cool feature of the ancient world to suggest it to us, care enough to write your own description.
There is no cut-and-dried format in this project: the best way to exemplify what it is you would be doing is to provide you with a few examples.
New Wonder Proposal: The Vale of the White Horse
The White Horse of Uffington, with its elegant lines of white chalk bedrock, is thought to be the oldest hill figure in Britain. The image is a stylised representation of a horse (some would say dragon) and is thought to date back as far as 1000BC in the late Bronze Age. This is by far the oldest of all the white horses, and is of an entirely different design to the others. Unlike the solid and more or less naturalistic figures of the other horses, the Uffington white horse is formed from stylized curving lines some ten feet or less wide, and its length of around 365 feet makes it over twice as long as the longest of the Wiltshire horses.
The original purpose of this horse is unknown. It may have been the emblem of a local tribe, and have been cut as a totem or badge marking their land, or it may have had a religious purpose or significance. The horse-goddess Epona was worshipped by the Celts in Gaul, and she had a counterpart in Britain, Rhiannon, so the Uffington white horse may have been cut by adherents of a cult of the horse-goddess.
Alternatively, the horse could have been cut by worshippers of the sun god Belinos or Belenus, who was associated with horses. He was sometimes depicted on horseback, and Bronze and Iron Age sun chariots were shown as being drawn by horses. Conceivably, if this suggestion is correct, the horse could have been cut on the shallower slope at the top of the hill in order to be seen from above by the god himself.
The Uffington white horse can be seen from up to twenty miles away in good conditions. It can be seen close up from the top of nearby Dragon Hill, but is perhaps best viewed from three or four miles away, being on the very top of the escarpment where the slope is less steep.
The Manger is a strangely shaped valley, which is thought to have been formed by the melting of ice in the last Ice Age. Folklore suggests that the manger is the supernatural feeding place for the White Horse, which would travel from its vantage point on the crest of the hill on moonlit nights.
Dragon Hill is a low flat-topped mound situated in the valley below the White Horse. Although later legends has it as the place where St George slew the dragon, the flat, bare top seems to have been man-made sometime in the later Bronze Age. As it affords a good view of the Horse, it is assumed that it was built for this purpose.
Here is a list of the Unique Buildings from EB1, roughly divided by geographical region. Please, study this list before you submit a suggestion for a new Wonder that we already have. Most of these will appear in EB2.
Cairncalladryrdan (The Old Standing Stones)
Caernahfronynys (The Calanish Stones)
Teamhaidh Cnocinhaofan (Holy Hill of Tara)
Ynys Duwall (Island of Darkness)
Cairnaichaeoriam (The Place of Many Stones)
Ogmioteriam Odemorix (The Great Gallic Council)
Tolosa (Place of Lakes)
Germania, Baltic, and Thrace
Barrocandoa (The Amber Route)
Glazowegoz (The Amber Route)
Laguz Wīhoz (The Holy Lake)
Kogaionon (The Sacred Mountain)
Limios Alsos (The Sacred Grove)
Mōristaigōnez (Marshland Footbridges)
Nerthouz Agwijōn Wīhā (Sanctuary of Nerthuz)
Akroterion Hieron (The Sacred Cape)
HaMigdalim Sel Herqal (Pillars of Herakles)
HaMitsbot HaBaleariot (Cyclopean Monuments of the Baleares)
Italy, Greece, Balkans
Aigai (Makedonian Royal Tombs)
Akropolis Athenaia (The Athenian Akropolis)
Avernvs Lacvs (Lake Avernus)
Delphinion (Oracle of Apollo at Delphi)
Diolkos (Isthmos Causeway)
Dodone (Oracle of Zeus Dodonaios)
Eikon tou Dios (The Statue of Zeus)
Elektrine Keleuthos (The Amber Route)
Garganus Mons et Foresta Umbra (Mount Gargano and the Ghostly Forest)
HaMiqdasim HaAgrigentim (Agrigento Temples)
HaMiqdasim Ha'Attiqim Sel Malta (Megalithic Maltese Temples)
HaNuraghim HaSardinim (Sardinian Nuraghi)
Hiera Isthmia (Isthmian Games)
Hiera Nemea (Nemean Games)
Hiera Olympia (Olympic Games)
Hiera Pythia (Pythian Games)
Mons Capitolinus et Templvm Iovis Optimi Maximi (The Capitoline Hill and Temple of Jupiter Best and Greatest)
(Garamante Royal Cemetry)
HaNamal WeHa'Homot Sel Qarthadast (The Port and Walls of Carthage)
HaMiqdasim Sel Ba'al-Hammon WeAstarot (Ba'al and Astarot's Temple Complexes)
Mitsbat HaPilaenim (Altar of the Philaeni)
Ammonion (Oracle of Zeus-Ammon)
A'ssakhr 'LMaghribi 'LAthim (The Great Marib Dam)
Bab el Mandeb (Red Sea Straits)
Gebel Barkal (Pyramids of Gebel Barkal)
HaHar HaQados (The Sacred Mountain)
Megales Pyramides (Great Pyramids of Gizeh)
Ho Taphos Tou Megalou Alexandrou (Tomb of Megas Alexandros)
Ochetos Arabikos (Nile-Red Sea Canal)
Nekropolis Thebaie (The Theban Nekropolis)
Pharos Alexandreias (Lighthouse of Alexandreia)
Philai, Edfu, Abu Simbel
Ka'bah (Ka'bah at Mecca)
Mahram Bilqis (Temple of the Moon God)
Artemision Ephesou (Temple of Artemis at Ephesos)
Asklepeion of Kos (Temple Complex of Asklepios and Hygeia)
Basileioi Taphoi Pontou (Royal Tombs of the Kings of Pontos)
Chrysokeros (The Golden Horn)
Mausoleion Halikarnassou (Mausoleion of Halikarnassos)
Rhodios Kolossos (Kolossos of Rhodos)
Troia (The Site of Troy)
Persia, Mesopotamia, Caucasus
Akroterion Hormozon (Cape Hormozoi - Straits of Hormuz)
Akroterion Makon (Cape Makai - The Straits of Hormuz)
Ereipia Babyloniaka (The Ruins of Babylon)
Heliopolis (The Sacred City of Helios)
Kedroi Phoinikikai (Cedars of Lebanon)
Keleuthos Bombykike (The Silk Road)
Karahunj (Singing Stones)
Mega Agalma Anaitidos (Great Cult Statue of Anahita)
Odos Persike Basilike (Persian Royal Road)
Megas Naos Persikos Anaitidos (Great Persian Temple of Anahita)
Pasargadai (Pasargadai and Tomb of Kyros)
Râh-e Abrisham (The Silk Road)
To Hieron en tois Hierosolymois (The Holy Temple in Hierosolyma)
Van (Great Citadel and City of Van)
Shamiram-su (The Great Canal of Menua)
Alexandrou Bomoi Indikoi (Indian Altars of Alexandros)
Dharmaraja Thupa (Stupa of the King of the Dharma)
Siva Mandir (Indian Temple of Siva)
Alexandrou Bomoi Eschatoi (Alexander's Furthest Altars)
Sauromatae I Khashaya Nygad Kuybyrtae (Sarmatian Royal Tombs)
Skuda I Khashaya Nygad Kuybyrtae (Skythian Royal Tombs)
Ustyurt Plateau Sanctuaries
Varkana Drubustih (Hyrkanian Defensive Wall)