This stage was mostly dedicated to conducting research and thinking up ideas that could be adapted into my artefact. For the research, I mainly used YouTube videos from Creative Assembly, specifically their videos on Total War: Troy. I also watched other content creators play the game, as this gave an unbiased perspective on what the game was like. Ideas for what could be made where then roughly laid out with pen and paper.
Creating a new game mode was the first idea, but this was quickly scrapped as a lot of the ideas within the gamemode had already been done t some extent in the base game. During the research I saw how cluttered and nasty the UI was, which led me to choose this as my artefact.