I forgot to mention that I play current version 2.5 .
Idk about economy, but 240k army upkeep seems decent enough for a 60 city empire.
Speaking of 60 cities, I've almost hit the win cap for my Bithynian campaign.
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I've killed Pergamon, Ptolemac and Macedon. I've had wars on and of with Seleucid but currently the eastern front is quiet. Armenia and Pontus are engaged in a neverending war that is getting nowhere, Seleucid capitulated to Parthia and is their vassal/allies. I was prepping for a war in the north, wanting to invade Sarmatia when Rome did one of those AI herp derp declarations, blocking one of my ports when we were allies.
So now I push them back. I'll probably take northern Italy, win and start with some other nation since there are several I still want to try. Leaning towards Dacia or possibly Massalia. Either way I want to play a 1 turn campaign now to feel the difference.
And I'm not finding any bugs in this beta. The only time it crashed was when I tried to use force diplomacy to gift a city. Instant CTD. Other than that it's awesomesauce.
Plans within plans...
I saw some posts complaining about full stacks of HA, but what about using cataphract elephants, almost invincible (except vs siege weapons)
Or maybe u guys have some diabolic tricks to kill em? i tried 1000 spartans, 1000 skirmishers, or 1000 romains vs 1 or 2 stacks of them and wasnt able to kill a single unit, which led me to think they are glitched.
Did u face the same problem?
Thank for the replies
In my Roman campaign on VH/VH I defeated Hannibal but Macedon and Greece started to cause problems. I decided it would be interesting to set up the eastern Empire and abandon the West. I conquered Antioch then abandoned Italy. It was very hard to begin with but I managed to conquer the Selucud Empire, Ptolomies, Armenia, Pontus and Pergamon. I then decided to turn the fog of war off just to see if there were any interesting empires. What I discovered was that the Belgae were holed up in Britain, while Carthage and Macedon were confined roughly to their starting areas. The only other faction alive was the roman rebels whho now controlled the majority of Europe. Maybe I should have gifted Rome to someone instead of letting it rebel.
Yeah, the Roman Rebels tend to steamroll everything if ignored by the player thanks to all the bonuses they get. Just pretend you skipped forward a few hundred years and have a western and eastern empire now. Then you can reconquer it all..... BTW, you should post some pics of the map with fow turned off.
Some great looking empires here! Will post mine when I have uploaded the pics.
I'm having very much fun in a Seleucid 1-turn campaign at the moment. I have a house rule to conduct expansion only with my king and his army and having everyone else only defend within the territories, so everything is going on at a rather slow pace. The year now is AUC 635.
After the triumph at Raphia I stopped the attacks on Egypt and started to consolidate my empire by conquering rebel provinces. This was followed by going after the Ptolemai regions in Asia Minor before returning to Egypt. But after meddling in diplomatic affairs with Pergamon, Pontus and Armenia and being able to force them to being a vasall, I suddenly found myself at peace with the Ptolemy.
This was a good chance to move to the east where Parthia was expanding. I was able to destroy them after a hard and fun campaign and could now move my king to Pergamon which was attacking aggressively in Asia Minor. My only problem is a rather small family tree and the kings becoming more and more incompetent.
Elsewhere there are some stalemate wars happening between Pontus and Armenia, Dacia and Scythia and now even Macedon and Sparta. Its interesting to see a Greek Sicily and to have witnessed Greek expansion versus Carthage that was pushed back in Libya.
Last edited by hobbes; May 10, 2012 at 08:54 AM.
After finishing my Pergamon campaign, I decided to try out something completely different - the gaelici campaign on H/VH. Never having played any barbarian faction till now (not even in Vanilla) I was surprised at the depth of the faction and their culture, and enjoyed the new experience.
Uniting Iberia proved to be a challenge, with my best stack lead by my faction leader being annihilated by a carthaginian force of the same strength (The battle odds were 1:1). I had tried to make an infantry ambush, and hid 4 elite infantry units a bit apart from my main line, but the carthaginian javelin cavalry found them and killed them, leaving me at the mercy of the then much stronger enemy army.
Fortunately my faction leader was able to perform a tactical withdrawal, and came back with a much stronger force, destroying the enemy completely and exterminating the city.
By now I have whole Iberia under control, but both Rome and Carthage identified me as a rising threat and allied themselves against me. Hannibal happily governs a city in Italy and the romans just pass through, minding their own business.
Now the two super-factions are trying to sandwich me, with Carthage attacking me from Africa and the Romans coming from Massilia and Epy-whatever.
The border to Carthage is instabil, but secured by my faction leader for the moment:
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General Ackbar doesnīt dare to attack, for my army can beat any of theirs and they canīt cross it together (Itīs a trap!). If they should decide to attack me tough, I would most likely win against the first two armys, but they would make enough casualities for the third army to tear me apart. I just hope they never get the guts to attack me.
The other front is secured by my faction heir:
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His actual army is on its way to be retrained, having suffered heavy losses in the last battle against the romans.
My "anti-roman" army consists of 4 elite Iberian Scutarii, 4 Iberian elite infantry (I think they are called that way), 2 balearic slingers, 2 Iberian heavy cavalry, 4 axemen and 3 barbarian peltasts, aswell as my general, of course.
While I am able to win against a roman legion, I suffer heavy casualities and have to retrain it after the battle, as it is too weak to challenge another one.
In the meantime I use a mercenary and levy army to hold the bridge, tough I wonīt be able to do that for a long time - my spies reported 2 additional legions on their way to Iberia, and a third stationed near Massilia, seemingly unable to decide whether to attack the Arverni or the Gaelici.
My economic situation is miserable, to say at least, even tough my faction leader is an excellent leader and every governor has at least a "booming economy". I am able to fill my building queues, as long as I donīt have to retrain or train units too much. It can only afford the two main forces, as well as the mercenary army. I have no other means at my disposal.
Since I canīt expand at the moment, I have to turtle till my economy gets better. However, the Romans continue to send their armies against me, and I do not really know how to beat them back, so any strategic advice is very welcome.
However, I must say that I enjoy this completely different campaign feeling, and while it is frustrating to be unable to dominate the other factions quickly, like I normally do, it is a "happy frustration", if you know what I mean. It certainly is a challenge to win this campaign.
i would personally switch from iberian heavy cavalry to some araveraci cavalry or similar
Implement 1-2 falarica infrantry if you wish.. they are deadly vs the legions
My Iberian armies were usualy composed of 4 caetrati/scutari, 3 elite scutari+1 elite infantry, 2 celtiberian spearman, 2 slinger, 2 Heavy Cav, with the remaining slots for the General and skirmisher cavalry, usualy scutari cavalry or medium. Against Carthage i always took falarica for their fire projectiles.
Never had a great impression about the Scortamareva and Ambako though.
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