After some matches playing Italy, I can definitely say it's a civilization with it's own flavor. However, there are some things that make Italy weaker in comparison to other civs, especially it's european counterparts, I've also came across some bugs so instead of making a separate thread for each issues I'd assumed it would be best to compile everything I have to say in this topic specially targeting balancing issues.
Having said that here are my main points:
1.- Italy is the only European nation to lack both the 2nd factory and the faster infantry training card. Why is that? Is that in order to compensate something? Because I don't see what could that be. Italy is quite weak without these cards, training inf can be a pain specially during Ages 2-3, considering the italian inf is weaker compared to most other infs it's hard to keep up without having to rely heavily on the more pop and cost expensive cavalry, which I may add, is nothing special.
Elmetis kinda save up Italy's face in that regard, but they become weak on later Ages.
I believe both of these cards should be included in the Italian deck.
2.- Mafiosos are nice and all, but there's a couple of cards that don't seem to work. These are the ones that make mafiosos decrease the enemies stats and gather rates of enemy units. These upgrades are apparently bugged since I found out that after researching them the effects are nonexistent.
3.- The card "Drama" is kind of useless. The Mafioso have the same effect in a tech they can research, one of the ones I mentioned in the previous point.
Why bother having Merchants near the enemy's vill when I can have a stealthed mafioso which in effect does the same thing?
Either rework the card or delete it entirely, because as of right now, it is essentially useless.
4.- What is the Condottiero? Is it a unit which will be added later on? I ask this because there's a bunch of cards that improve both Crossbowman's and Condottiero's stats but the Condottiero is nowhere to be found.
5.- 666 wood 666 food 666 gold. For most people that would be a bizarre yet funny antic, but for someone with gematria knowledge that is a whole different thing. I'm betting you did this as a joke nonetheless.
I think that would be it for the moment. Thanks in advance.