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  • (Suggestion) DLC: “Pier Review” aka “City Beach” aka ”I do like to be beside the seaside”

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    Queglar
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    Amusement parks, beaches and modest frolicking in the sea… the foreshadowing feels strong with this one… 

    Some of these have already been suggested, https://discussions.ubisoft.com/topic/129216/suggestions-for-season-4-new-world/

    This is just my pitch for what I think would be interesting to work with in any hypothetical City Beach DLC.

    Plot Hook
    The Anno 1800 equivalent of P.T. Barnum shows up wanting you to build the “Greatest Show on Earth” for the masses. Noting that you lack the space to run their show on land, they introduce you to the Anno 1800 equivalent of Eugenius Birch, the world-renowned architect for the latest example of humanity’s mastery over nature… the Pleasure Pier… 

    Side note – if you are in to the era of Anno 1800 then do a bit of background research into the pleasure pier mania that swept the land (well, the “mania’ part is probably a distinctly British thing). Historically pleasure piers were the earliest example of mass market entertainment for the working classes. While also tourist attractions in their own right, I’m rather hoping the this is going to be a DLC that is primarily pitched at the long-suffering working classes of Anno 1800, so suitably low brow.

    The Pleasure Pier – it’s like a museum and an World’s Fair, just in the sea… with junk food, music and the death traps that pass for thrill rides…
    So the Pleasure Pier is a much larger version of the public mooring, but a lot more interesting. It has multiple stages of construction like a World’s Fair, and you can only build one per island – but it should also be a bit cheaper since it’s for the masses. 
    Each Pleasure Pier when constructed has a restaurant half-way, and a theatre at the end (a theatre at the end was the most common design). Since Pleasure Piers were notorious for their “exotic” architecture, there are three or four kitschy skins to choose from like Turkish, Oriental, Steampunk, Mughal etc. 

    Like a museum there are Exhibit slots, but unlike a museum, there is only ever 7 exhibits in the same spot on each pier, you only get to choose what amusement goes in the slot - not where they are. The size of each might also need to be a little smaller than a normal exhibit on account of space limits, but when you place an amusement item in a slot it adds that amusement to the pier, e.g. you add a Roller Coast to a slot, it puts the Roller Coast on that part of the pier etc.

    Amusement Slots
    Just like exhibits, you’d have to go acquire these, but the can also be grouped into sets for extra bonuses eg. The Luna Park set (here’s where we can reuse some of those amusement park models…)
    • Big Wheel
    • Roller Coaster
    • Merry Go Round
    • Punch and Judy
    • Side Show Alley

    Other sets could be aquariums, junk food, more musical etc. A theatrical pirate theme might be fun for the shiz - then you regularly get a visit from Anne Harlow and Jean La Fortune to participate… <insert creativity here>

    Choose a personality to run the Pier Restaurant
    So the restaurant on the pier is similar to a restaurant from Tourist Season, but different. As an exhibit slot you have a choice of different “Restaurateurs” to choose from, each with a character bio and particular style of food with different bonuses. They also need input goods relevant to the style of food – some might even opt for a “liquid” diet of beer, schnapps and coffee. 

    Choose a personality to perform in the Pier Theatre
    Like the theatre in a normal cultural building, only you choose between different “Performers” to fill the exhibit, comedians, singers, actors, dancers, musicians, acrobats etc. All inspired by the most popular performers from the era. Want to make things extra spicy? Make it so there are performer items for the other AI characters… want to temporarily reduce your Royal Taxes? Let Sir Archibald Blake deliver his poetry in the theatre (which entirely consists of tributes to the Queen) – the cost is reduced happiness on the island... Want to improve relations with Mercier? Let him deliver his speech on the benefits of the potato. Von Malching? Let him (attempt to) sing opera etc. 

    Go to the Beach and try not to drown
    The Beach is just a coastal building that can be placed to act as entertainment/tourist hotspot. Google 19th Century Bathing Machine to get an idea of what that used to look like… Extra special kudos if there are surf life savers with surf-reels and surfboats – though that might be more obscure Australian thing…

    Expanded Harbour Area perhaps…?
    Basically I think the Harbour area should be expanded to the size in the Spice it Up mod anyway, but if we get to place beaches and piers I think we’re going to need a bit more space… 

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