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posted 09-03-13 07:01 AM EDT (US)   
Another classic TWH thread.

I've done the prologue but logged out to try my hand at the campaign itself. Playing as Rome on Hard. Just finished off the Etruscans, going to try and stabilise the regions just south of the Alps and pry them from barbarian hands before venturing over into Sicily and beginning my war against Carthage.

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
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posted 09-03-13 07:10 AM EDT (US)     1 / 98  
Just finished off Syracuse a few turns ago in my Carthage campaign, and now am paying for my focusing on one army as the Masselyae (I think that's how it's spelt) is taking Africa by storm, going so far as to take Carthage. In a few turns my army should have returned from the toe of Italy to take back Carthage. Iberia has been quiet, whether that is good or bad I'm not sure yet, as I've been singularly focused on getting that single army up to speed to take Sicily and the Romans. My fleet is heavily manned, and I have yet to lose a naval battle. Speaking of which, naval battles are cool, and the combined battles flow very nicely.

I am the Carthaginian who became an angel, and surrendered his wings for a life on the sea of battle.

My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel the Deflowerer
posted 09-03-13 12:44 PM EDT (US)     2 / 98  
I promised myself I'd only do 20 turns in or something for Rome, make notes, then redo it and repeat until I can write a opening moves guide.

I hope I can still manage it...

So! After Prologue action (stopped after the Gauls declared war), I dove into Rome. Taken the rest of Italia province and hoping Public Order simmers down so I can then go after some other juicy targets.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-03-13 12:52 PM EDT (US)     3 / 98  
Restarted as the Averni, and even though they are ranked as a 'hard' campaign, it's been pretty easy going. I already got the Gallic Confederacy going, and own most of Gaul Proper through absorbing smaller tribes into mine. Massilia is gone, only two other Gallic nations that are of my blood remain to be absorbed, and I actually have a healthy diplomatic stance with most nations. I also have a very healthy and powerful army, though a very subpar navy that I inherited when I took the Atlantic Gauls into my fold. It's pretty awesome so far

I am the Carthaginian who became an angel, and surrendered his wings for a life on the sea of battle.

My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel the Deflowerer
posted 09-03-13 01:34 PM EDT (US)     4 / 98  
Carthage has been eliminated, though not by my hand. Some African nation seems to have the whole coastline, and are now kicking Egypt's ass. Might have to do something about them.

It was as if Carthage was holding the Gauls back because now they're spilling out into the Med from Spain. I'm still fighting Syracuse who is a huge pain in the ass but once they're gone I have Sicily, the Peninsula and those former barbarian territories south of the Alps. The way it's going, Spain will be next, then south to deal with these Africans. Exciting.

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
posted 09-03-13 04:09 PM EDT (US)     5 / 98  
Messed about a bit with Macedon to learn the ropes. Starting my main campaign as Rome tomorrow. Probably going to avoid warring Carthage too early

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 09-03-13 05:33 PM EDT (US)     6 / 98  
Playing as Rome. I just subjugated the Etruscans taking all their land. Currently I'm building up for a war against the seemingly large Arveni. i have my first full legion ready to go(4 hastatai, 4 principe, 3 triarii, a few cav units and some war dogs). Really the only thing stopping me from trying to take Sicily is I have no navy to speak of.
posted 09-03-13 05:43 PM EDT (US)     7 / 98  
I'm pushing up to the Alps first before going to Sicily, there's a big barbarian army that looks like it could be fun

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-03-13 09:07 PM EDT (US)     8 / 98  
Playing my first campaign as Rome. Played the prologue, but I decided to take my time fighting the Estruscans and learning about the game as I go. Conquered all their territory in Italy before turning them into a Client State. Started a war with the Ligurians and the Veneti and bloodied the latter bad enough to make it a Client State as well. Conquered the Ligurians before I decided to take a break for dinner and I'm thinking of doing a landward invasion of Iberia. Gaul's also an option as is Sicily, but I've got decent relations with Syracuse and I kinda wanted to save the Gauls for a later conquest.

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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posted 09-04-13 12:45 PM EDT (US)     9 / 98  
I skipped the prologue, might go back and do it later. As for my campaign, I have 3 going.

1st one I started as the Julii family, I quickly overran northern Italy and drove the Etruscan League onto their solitary island where I left them be, next I went to war with the 2 barbarian factions in the far northern provinces of Italy, wiping both of them out and taking their provinces, but I got kicked in the rear by Carthage and Libya who both landed next to Rome and began a campaign of chaos over my lands, without ever taking a settlement, at that point my economy was crashed and my military forces were too far north to be any use so I decided to try a restart.

2nd Campaign I started as the Spartans, was going great until Athens whom I had allied myself with, began stealing settlements that I was already on my way to take, primarily Macedonian cities, at that point I said screw it and turned my army on Athens itself, but due to a error on my part, my army accidentally hopped into transports and blockaded the city, which screwed me over as their navy came back and slaughtered my forces. (Note to self, remember that the ESC button can cancel moves which would have saved my force.)

3rd Campaign I am playing currently is Rome, and so far, other than a prolonged war with the Etruscan League, I am doing quite well.
posted 09-04-13 02:07 PM EDT (US)     10 / 98  
I did a bit of the prologue but that lost my attention pretty quick.
My first campaign I am playing as Epirus. Kicked it off with a trade agreement (had to dole out some cash) with the Ardiaei to my immediate north and also secured trade and non-aggression with Macedon to better secure my northern borders. Going to concentrate on Attica and hope Rome doesn't invade, then who knows...

Edit: 15 turns in and I have mainly just been economy building up to now. A big opportunity presented itself to me when Macedon and Tylis swapped provinces with each other in their war. I secured Pella without war with Macedon a few turns after Tylis claimed ownership of it (Macedon now has Antheia instead of Pella). This is a major boon for me since I now control the entire region of Macedonia. I will look to solidify and balance my forces again since the bulk of my armies shifted to take Pella. Confrontation with Rome is looming. they have secured most if the Boot now as well as Lilybaeum (Syracuse has taken Carthage!). This will be my stopping point before leave for a week . Athens and Sparta will have to wait until I get back from Lockn.

Happy conquering to you all!

Vini, Vidi, Vino.

[This message has been edited by Belthronding (edited 09-04-2013 @ 04:06 PM).]

posted 09-04-13 06:27 PM EDT (US)     11 / 98  
I'm coming to the end of my Roman campaign now. It has been a slow burner for sure. Conquered the peninsula, then waited ages for the African tribe who conquered Carthage to lose it's grip on Lilybaeum. Meanwhile subdued Spain, I was expecting more resistance over there, but essentially broke the Iberian Tribe Confederacy's back with one huge decisive battle in the early days. Now have pretty much the African coast up until Egypt as Clients. Greece is mine except for Athens and Sparta.

Meanwhile, the Seleucids have been wiped out by Baktria! They've come all the way from the far east edge of the map to oppose me in the Med. Currently avoiding all out war, instead gearing up to aid Cyprus against them who is my Client now too.

Just hit the civil war also, though I have no idea how I triggered it. Now I've got 3 full legions in Italy to fight and my loyalists are spread out over Africa, Greece and Spain -_-

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
posted 09-04-13 06:31 PM EDT (US)     12 / 98  
I'm playing as Egypt. so short term goal is bolster Army size and Tier 1 economy whilst my armies grab up weakly held territories.

Long term is to knock out the Seluecids (my arch nemesis from Rome 1) so that starts with sending spies to start messing with populace in regions loosely controlled, and delaying any armies that may attempt to come down the Sinai peninsula.


The UI has confused me to tears, I may in fact start over since I upgraded cities only to find out slums appear the next turn if nothing is built.

However even the tool-tip said that if left un-constructed, slums would pop-up over time; alluding to several turns or a pair of turns... not five in one turn directly after expanding them... This result s in you spending 500 to put them back, and another 1100-1800 for a building construction.

In theory these cities/Provinces are quite simplified, but I dare say almost too simplified as to be forgotten.

Oh and one more post since I haven't been here since 07 - someone mentioned the combat inferface and it's size and yes it is massive, and the unit tiles have no names on them - I'm sure I'll get used to this after the hundred of hours I'll pour into this game, but to start off it hard to identify from a mosaic what each unit's purpose is.
posted 09-04-13 06:39 PM EDT (US)     13 / 98  
Hello, I think I remember you. Welcome back

Also, you appear to be the only one in Egypt so far. Any pictures from that end of the world?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-04-13 07:30 PM EDT (US)     14 / 98  
yeah, nothing noteworthy and because of lack of optimization I'm playing on LOW settings all around...
posted 09-05-13 03:04 AM EDT (US)     15 / 98  
Decided to put my Rome campaign on pause and give Epirus a go. Don't know if it's because I'm playing on hard or because I wiped out Sparta early, but Macedon, Athens, Rome and Syracuse all declared war on me on the same turn

I'm mainly relying on my fleet to raid the sea to bring me income since I'm at war with everyone in the immediate area, and I'm trying to decide whether to stay on the defensive and turtle down or risk sending my two main armies into Attica to besiege Athens and take them out before Macedon recovers from the bloody nose I gave them when they tried to take Larissa.

Campaign is really challenging but I think I'm having more fun with Epirus since Rome gets really easy once you research Cohort tech and get professional legionnaires.

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Angel of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums
posted 09-05-13 03:07 AM EDT (US)     16 / 98  
Surprising just how quickly you can research your through to the Marian Reforms via the tech tree. Okay CA were probably thinking people would diversify out a bit and not just rush their way to the army reforms to get Legionaries, but you know it never works that way .
posted 09-05-13 06:23 AM EDT (US)     17 / 98  
The tech trees and retinue cards for individuals closely resemble SC2 Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm. I like it.

btw, this is now my life after I started playing:


As-Salaam-Alaikum
posted 09-05-13 08:33 AM EDT (US)     18 / 98  
Thou canst resist any longer, so thy campaign of the horse hath began as Parthia. Only just began so only four turns in currently, using my agent to sow discontent in the minor settlement of Susia while I wait for Parthava to rebel against the Seleucids.

Meanwhile the Dahae Confederacy is in a war with the Khorsamii, so I am assembling an army to march upon her soveriegn lands and incorporate them in to the beginnings of the grand Parthian Empire. The thunder of hooves shall sunder across the plains of Mesopotamia and the Steppes.

Anyone can throw heavy infantry at the enemy and grind their way out the other side with some luck. So the time has cometh for a proper challenge with Parthia and her unusual horse-dominant style of play. Not to mention battles last longer as well, so instead of three to five minute bloodbaths I get upwards of 15+ minutes of pure battle bliss.
posted 09-06-13 09:38 AM EDT (US)     19 / 98  
Scip, stop hanging out with Terikel

Parthia sound awesome, I intend to save them for later though to breathe new life into the campaign. That's what I've always done, play as the more common factions like Rome, France, Britain etc and then later switch (Usually eastward) to be the Mughals, Parthians, Russians(Med2) and interestingly enough they're usually my favourite campaigns too.

Since my last post I've "solved" the Senate Loyalist problem and Re-united Rome beneath my Emperor. I mentioned how big Baktria was before, and I've got a screenshot here to show it, with the mouse hovering over their starting position to show just how far they've come.

A smackdown is coming now that Africa and Spain are subdued. I'm on friendly terms with Massalia but the Arverni and Frisii tribes to the north are large enough to make me want to conquer Massalia and secure the region properly. My Illyrian ally has been conquered too, with only one territory left by another large tribe. Cyprus is hanging on for dear life in Side. The Greek cities have been pretty stagnant until now, when they recently remembered they all hate eachother.



150 Turns in. Year 123BC

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
posted 09-06-13 01:32 PM EDT (US)     20 / 98  
150 Turns in. Year 123BC
O.o
posted 09-06-13 01:53 PM EDT (US)     21 / 98  
Yeah O.o

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-06-13 02:33 PM EDT (US)     22 / 98  
What are the blank areas in Africa?
posted 09-06-13 04:57 PM EDT (US)     23 / 98  
What are the blank areas in Africa?
Impassable terrain. Can't go any further south than the province of Mauretania, Libya and Phazania.
Yeah O.o
O.o


...What are you guys looking at?

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
posted 09-06-13 06:14 PM EDT (US)     24 / 98  
No I mean like the region where Thapsus is? Is it client states?
posted 09-06-13 06:42 PM EDT (US)     25 / 98  
...What are you guys looking at?
Have you slept or seen any humans recently?

I run a website dedicated to this game, and I am worried by the amount you've played.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-07-13 00:22 AM EDT (US)     26 / 98  
Have you slept or seen any humans recently?
Afty's a bit more dedicated than the rest of us apparently.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
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posted 09-07-13 01:51 AM EDT (US)     27 / 98  
I have not even been solely playing my Parthia campaign and I am already past that turn total. That said turns with Parthia are pretty quick if your actions consist of weakening the Seleucid Empire and her Satrapies through rebellions in their provinces. Totally the safest approach however, avoiding wars with the Seleucid blob at the moment while acquiring valuable provinces.

My upgrade Spy is pretty darn effective at disrupting public order too. Disrupt Public Order each turn and the enemy settlement soon suffers a hit to -60 to public order. Doesn't take long for that to get to -100 when my Spy chains a few of those together in consecutive turns.
posted 09-07-13 02:29 AM EDT (US)     28 / 98  
No I mean like the region where Thapsus is? Is it client states?
Ah ok, they're rebel provinces. Where public order was so low that generic 'Punic Rebels' or 'African Rebels' have assaulted and taken the settlements. Thapsus has been a rebel province for ages, back when Carthage was around infact.
I run a website dedicated to this game, and I am worried by the amount you've played.
Haha fair enough. You guys might need to stage an intervention if it continues =/
I have not even been solely playing my Parthia campaign and I am already past that turn total.
That's very true, I haven't logged into Steam since release and not seen Scipii playing it

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
posted 09-07-13 03:19 AM EDT (US)     29 / 98  
What can I say, they could do with improving the turn times in multiplayer campaigns. I usually multi-task between a couple of different things whilst playing those.
posted 09-07-13 06:19 AM EDT (US)     30 / 98  
So, on my third and final restart of Rome to tie up the writing of the opening moves article.

I've played the same battles 3 or 4 times now, but on gradually increasing difficulty levels that make each battle that little bit different.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-11-13 05:48 AM EDT (US)     31 / 98  
Decided to begin a Sparta campaign with release of the new Beta patch, ahead of the release of Patch 2 this Friday. About 12 turns in and I have conquered all of Epirus' territory, conquered Knossos, and I am currently trying to fulfill the Chapter Goals for the achievement. So currently attempting to have Athens leave her Client State status with Macedon so I can fulfill my two remaining goals to war Macedon and be allied with Athens.

Highlight of the campaign so far would have to had been the siege of Knossos. Where the Spartan Hoplites, with some Helot Peltasts for ranged support, faced off against the armies and garrisons of Knossos in a massive battle at the entrance to the town. Outnumbered some 2-to-1 the hoplites of Sparta and Knossos would advance upon each other to engage in one hell of a phalanx scrum.

Eventually the forces of Sparta would emerge victorious from this mother of all brawls to chase down the large contingent of Knossos support troops behind the former hoplite lines of Knossos. While a similarly large battle for Rhodes or Illyria may soon happen if I cannot persuade Athens to join me, why leave my armies idle after all.
posted 09-11-13 04:19 PM EDT (US)     32 / 98  
Have a proper game going now- took over Sicily, and threw an expedition up to Province to help out Massalia, my Clients.

Several factions have moved- the Suebi for some reason only have one province north of Italy. Carthage as always is exiled to Sardinia, whilst her colonies are all gone pretty damn quick. That, I suspect, needs a fix. I may also declare war on some of my neighbours but not attack to get around the AI's passiveness.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-20-13 11:59 AM EDT (US)     33 / 98  
I finally started playing rome2 again, and am starting to enjoy it a bit more now my empire is getting bigger. I just triggered the senate loyalist revolt, and they spawned several highly developed armies in athens plus 3 fleets. With no large armies of my own in the area, I'll certainly lose a few settlements in greece, but one army from illyria is force marching into epirus and another one is coming back from rhodos by route of crete. My largest army however, is stuck in the recetly occupied provincia (tolosa of the volcae).

I noticed you can not save or exit the game when you are attacked during end turn. I think autosave does still work, but its strange you have to shut down rome2 from outside the game to quit during an end turn. Or am I missing something?

I've gotten several heroic victories, with sometimes the enemy routing with 2000 men left in the field, because I just shattered one army of them. Seems releastic. Very strange I can get legions so fast, and more so than hastati they crush everything before them.
posted 09-20-13 01:04 PM EDT (US)     34 / 98  
I've been puzzling over Macedon, particularly Thrace- there always seems to be a barbarian just where you don't want him...

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-20-13 01:30 PM EDT (US)     35 / 98  
I also have one army woth 2 deployable defence items. That gave me an idea that I imagine would work rather well against the AI.


You can use stakes, caltrops and barricades to block the path of an enemy, or if they move through they will lose units.

If you place one of these items opposite your flanks the enemy will be blocked or hindered there. In one case they will either all move through the gap or split in 3 separated armies, rather than one line, which makes breaking them easier.

In the case they move through the gap, unleash the fireballs you placed with your center. I havent tested it yet, but I think it will work quite well.


My current use of them was to protect my flanks against cavalry with barricades and calltrops and hinder their main line with stakes (I had pretty much only heavy inf, no cav).The fireballs were useless since I was standing slightly downhill.
posted 09-22-13 05:41 AM EDT (US)     36 / 98  
Yesterday I installed the beta patch and faced the senate loyalist revolt:

The senate royalist spawned in athenai with a few legionary armies and a few fleets.

My best army was in the Provincia, so too far away. 2 other armies were in Ephesus/rhodos and another one in Illyria.

Since I was still at war with Rhodos, which is quite big, I left one army in ephesus and tried to sneak the other one from rhodos to crete and then land in sparta, which is my client state (and refused to help me against the loyalist).

The army from Illyria moved in forced march to protect appolonia.

I recruited a few more armies, one in rome, one in macedonia.

The loyalist attacked Larissa with one army of mostly legionaries and some skirmishers and cavalry. My garrisson was 1 legionary, 3 rorarrii, 5 plebs and 2 leves. I defended the capture point, which was accessible by 2 entry points. They send their legionaries by one route and their skirmishers by another, so I shattered them. I also took out their cavalry and some legionary units, but in the end it was hopeless. Got a close defeat out of it, which is more than I expected from such a weak army against legionaries.

3 armies force marched towards appolonia. 2 fleets and one or 2 armies besieged/blockaded pella with one army of 4 veteran legionaries as extra garrisson.

I decided to be bolt and attacked the force marching armies near appolonia with my army that arrived from Illyria:
They could not reinforce each other, so I could fight them one at a time. Also, since the beta3 patch made forced march battles ambushes, I destroyed all 3 armies, with most of my own units having more than 1/2 strength left.

I moved a unit from Italy to garrisson appollonia against the remains of the 3 armies and moved my large army to save pella, which was quite easy. Meanwhile, my army from Rhodos assaulted athenai with only a not fully developed garrisson inside.

The army that had taken larissa from me forced march into the woods above pella and could evade my army for a while. I took larissa the next turn and their remaining armies started deserting. One final ambush battle destroyed 1300 legionaries within a minute, and they were gone.

I chose to remain a republic, since the description suggested that the power of the enemies is broken and they wont rise again. With the empire I expected what happened in real history: lots of civil wars.
posted 09-22-13 06:18 AM EDT (US)     37 / 98  
My Epirus campaign is going swimmingly so far, despite endless enemies surrounding my domain at every turn. Learning from Pyrrhus' mistakes, I opted to secure Hellas and Macedonia before taking on the Romans. However I probably overreached my ambition when I recently invaded Bithynia while beginning my war with the Romans.

Battle wise, Slingers are simply the best unit to have along early on in the campaign. Now I am in love with Ballistae. Nothing more satisfying than manually managing to land an explosive pot right in the middle of enemy formation.

[This message has been edited by el_bandito (edited 09-22-2013 @ 06:19 AM).]

posted 09-22-13 09:00 AM EDT (US)     38 / 98  
I am avoiding the beta patch for now as I read that it completely nerfs rome, and I'm playing as rome currently.

Turn 110, here's my empire, the rebellion has just started.



"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor" - Alexis Carrel
Dawn of Fantasy Heaven Census II

[This message has been edited by Jetkill Fastmurder (edited 09-22-2013 @ 10:19 AM).]

posted 09-23-13 06:09 AM EDT (US)     39 / 98  
That looks pretty good. Nice one.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-23-13 10:03 AM EDT (US)     40 / 98  
I just took all of Spain. I have a few issues: 1) everybody cancels their trade agreements with me so 2) I had to raise taxes to keep up my economy so 3) I have to hope my garrissons can defeat the rebels.

Some pics:
1 porcupine spanish warrior. It took surprisingly long to die with so many pila through his body. It was a very costly victory for me however, though all my units survived and replenished quicklym 4 of my units routed. Mostly because their second and third armies arrived before I could shatter the first one.


2 The map:
[X-MS-BMP, (2.32 MB)]

[This message has been edited by Thompsoncs (edited 09-23-2013 @ 03:19 PM).]

posted 09-24-13 10:22 AM EDT (US)     41 / 98  
Looks like you're having fun with a chunk of the map!

I have had trouble with thracians previously but I manege to stage an ambush with my entire military to take out thy local tribe. They still outnumbered me, and nearly mauled my infantry to get out and escape (only hoplites atm) but my companions just about got there in time to complete the trap. Some javelin men were forced into... Unorthodox measures in order to stop some enemies breaking the whole thing apart though. Brilliant battle though.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-24-13 03:02 PM EDT (US)     42 / 98  
By now I own all of gaul, either directly or as client state and I took a few cities in africa, belonging to Garamantia.

By now some design flaws of this game really start to have its effect.

Since you cant decide what units garrisson your towns, the not-walled towns can easily be overrun by rebels, since they have quite a few heavy infantry/heavy cavalry if they wait one turn before attacking. Since I can only own about 12 armies at this moment, I would never be able to reinforce every city that faces a rebel force and still fight wars of conquest. Normally the big armies could all go to the border and several smaller forces could screen a few secured towns. Now I cant. I simply reached a point I need more mobile forces than I can have. This could be solved in a few ways: 1 slightly increase the amount by about 4 or 5 per stage of power, Or 2, make garrisons able to attack within their own region, even when not under direct siege. That way you can prevent the rebels from gaining more men the next turn.

Also, smaller towns could use some towers and minor barricades (no gates, else it would again be a siege). Right now they are so easy to take with heavy inf or cav. Also, get rid of the bloody plebs, they are useless, give me some decent units of rorarrii at least.

This is particularly an issue, because of the rebellions mentioned above. Nearly every building above 2nd level gives huge amounts of squalor and too few buildings grant happiness bonusses. Why does for example a barracks reduce public order, where it really should provide a law bonus? And lowering taxes one level nation wide will bring me from +9000 to -1600 balance, so that's no option.

Anybody else have any ideas on how to deal with large empire issues such as I mentioned here, that is with the current version of twr2?
posted 09-24-13 04:20 PM EDT (US)     43 / 98  
Just unified the italian peninsula, but one of my aptly named "Scouting Legions" is all the way up north on the Normandy coast asking for military access.
posted 09-25-13 05:32 PM EDT (US)     44 / 98  
Well, i've been playing Rome for awhile now. I'm 90 years in and (on normal) I have control of all Iberia, half of Gaul, all of Greece, I have the northern African province and am currently focusing on destroying a civil war. Not exactly sure where i'm going to go on after I have all of Gaul, i'll probably go take on the massive German Confederation.
posted 09-27-13 11:08 AM EDT (US)     45 / 98  
How big is big?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 09-29-13 06:42 AM EDT (US)     46 / 98  
Ok, my campaign is progressing. I am playing as Athens, and it is 250BC and i currently own all of Macedonia province and just unified the province of Hellas. The Rhodes is looking very weak at the moment, so we will see where that goes.

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posted 09-30-13 09:49 AM EDT (US)     47 / 98  
Shaking off Macedonia pretty quickly then?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 10-01-13 06:11 PM EDT (US)     48 / 98  
Well, after recruiting an army in the first few turns, Sparta was away fighting Epirus so i moved in- occupied Sparta and destroyed their remnants. Whilst that happened, Macedonia took Larissa- and since i was at war with them (Sparta and their alliance forced the issue) and it was lightly garrisoned i took it. Pella was also lightly guarded, and had just fought off a Epirius siege, so i took the opportunity and conquered them. Next i turned my sites on the remnants of Epirus and took their last settlement Apollonia. Pretty quick conquests.

Update- I landed an army in Rhodes, but decided to make them a client state. My main army- "The Children of Greece" is shipping back to the mainland, possibly i think to go and conquer Thrace. I am trying to get a non-aggression pact with Rome, to buy time before they come a-knocking, i have a another client state in the settlement above Apollonia. SO yea- two whole provinces and 2 client states as Athens at the moment...

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
posted 10-01-13 11:32 PM EDT (US)     49 / 98  
Roma Invicta!

I just finished my full length Roman Campaign using a Military Victory. It's interesting to note that winning the game via military victory requires you to be about 50 settlements larger than Rome ever was.



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posted 10-02-13 12:27 PM EDT (US)     50 / 98  
Nicely done Cheese.
It's interesting to note that winning the game via military victory requires you to be about 50 settlements larger than Rome ever was.
I suspect that they thought it might be over too quickly otherwise.

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