Welcome to my mod! My first, as it happens. First, the basics. This mod is intended to give players more control and options when it comes to hiring those elusive and oh so helpful advisors and to make it easier for them to aquire a decent selection, rather then just the AI's leftovers. It is NOT intended to let you fill your advisor slots with nothing but the finest 6 star advisors whenever you desire. Keep that thought in mind and you should be fine. If anyone likes this mod enough to include it as part of their own, you have my permission and complete support. That being said, I would like credit SOMEWHERE and letting me know you are doing it would be polite.
v0.1 - This is the first version of my first mod, so there are likely bugs hiding out there somewhere - if you find any, let me know and I will attempt to squish them. All features below should be active and functioning as described. This mod is intended for IN and should not be run on earlier versions of EUIII, as it uses both the new IN advisors and the IN decision system. This mod should be fully compatable with existing saved games, but I make no promises in that regard.
v0.11 - Fixed two minor bugs (thanks Darken) - neither of them seemed to be effecting performance, but you may want to update just to be safe.
v0.12 - Fixed bug that was causing rank 2-6 Sergeant Major Generals not to generate properly. Credit to 17Blue17 for spotting it.
1) Download the file from here: http://hosted.filefront.com/Azonalanthious/
2) Unpack it in your Mods directory
3) Select the HiringFairV0.12 mod from the drop down menu when launching your game.
How it Works, the Basics
In the capital of your country, you will find a new province decision called 'Hiring Fair' --
In order to activate this decision, you need at least 25 ducats and a positive prestige score. Starting a fair costs 25 ducats. A fair, once started, runs for 6 months or until you hire an advisor. A fair may also end early if your prestige falls below 0 while it is running. You may only hold a fair once every 5 years. Holding a fair provides a short term prestige boost -- as the various vistors marvel at your court and spread the good word -- but a long term prestige loss, as word spreads that you needed to look for help, making you appear weak.
While a fair is running, you will recieve regular events where advisors offer you their services, like the one show below.
If you choose to accept an advisor, they will immediately appear in your court and you can hire them as normal. The fair will also end. If you choose to decline a given advisor, he disappears (he doesn't go into the advisor pool at all) and the fair continues. An average fair should produce somewhere between 15-20 advisors if left to run for the full 6 months. Advisors are also rated by rank, with a rank 1 advisor being about three times as likely as a rank 6. Having a high prestige will help this, increasing both the total number of advisors for a given fair and also the chances of getting a high ranking one. Every advisor who appears will expect your to provide 1 ducat to cover their travel expenses, regardless of if you accept to decline their offer. Particularly skilled advisors will also effect your prestige - accepting or declinine a rank 5 or 6 advisor will give you a prestige bonus or penalty respectively. A new advisor event will not pop up until you have accepted or declined any exisitng ones, so if you have an advisor you aren't sure about, you can't just leave his event open to see if you'll get someone better - you have to make your choice then and there.
How it Works, Advanced
A normal trade fair covers all types of advisors. But there is another option - when you start a trade fair, it unlocks 5 new decisions, allowing you to focus in on the type of advisors you want:
Focusing your fair comes at a significant cost. It costs 100 ducats to trigger and also generates a small penalty to your tax income for six months. It also decreases the chances of advisors from any group your aren't focusing on showing up (though any advisor is still theorectially possible) and decreases the total number of advisors by a small amount. But, on the plus side, you will see roughly FOUR times as many advisors from the category you are focusing on as you would in a normal fair. You may only pick one focus per fair and your focus only lasts for the single fair. The categories are as follows:
Government: Includes Philosopher, Artist, Statesman, Theologian, Spymaster, Diplomat, High Judge, Inquisitor, and Ambassador advisors.
Army: Includes Army Reformer, Colonel, Sergeant Major General, Grand Captain, Army Organizer, Quartermaster, Recruitmaster, Commandant, and Fortifications Expect advisors.
Navy: Includes Naval Reformer, Grand Admiral, Naval Organizer, Navigator, Rear Admiral, and Privateer advisors.
Economic: Includes Natural Scientist, Trader, Treasurer, Sheriff, Alderman, Collector, Master of Mint, and Banker advisors.
Colonial: Includes Colonial Governor, Pioneer, and Lord Proprietor advisors. Navigator may be moved to this category in future versions - I'm still debating.