Low cost is meant to simulate Roman manpower IIRC.
Low cost is meant to simulate Roman manpower IIRC.
Nope! Chuck Testsa, Carthage also has to contend with the Iberians.
If you leave the Iberians to their own businesses, then Carthage is not a threat for them, and you don't get attacked. I find that the AI checks (cheats, to be more precise) the size of the total armies before going to war with a faction (this is a thing that started with Shogun, IIRC), and if the AI has easy pickings nearby, places to expand to relatively cheap, then it won't get into a major war. So yes, Karthadastim is the easiest faction to play with, early-game. And if early-game is easy, then the whole game is turns easy. With Rome you don't have an easy way where to expand to. In the south is the might of the Karthadastim and their elephants and in the north the scarcity of money and the forests of the Aedui.
you had to mention them ... ok, they are the exception that proves the rule, happy now?
Sweboz is not easy because you do not have the economy to sustain your army. And IMHO, that doesn't qualify as easy (you yourself said it's an average start, average#easy)
Saka is a HA faction, but the start is nowhere near easy. At the least I can say it's a difficult position that can be translated into a good, medium position, but still not an easy one.
And still, you're taking that out of context : if you have an easy start with the Karthadastim, you can roll that over and over and have an easy campaign. Please don't twist my words.
Almost no one has the economy to sustain their army at the beginning of the game - the Sweboz are hardly unique in that respect. It's also extremely easy to blitz four or five Eleutheroi settlements right at the beginning to pump up your economy. By the time the AI gets around to heading your way, the Sweboz heartland ought to be pretty solid.
I beat back their first attack with ease. Properly employed, E's can be very deadly, deadlier even than P's and Z's, though they're not as lethal as Paula Abdul or Right Said Fred.
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I find the AI rarely bothers me whenever I play the Sweboz, the Celts figh each other endlessly, the Sauro dick around in the steppes and the Casses just fail.
The Romans will probably attack you first as Sweboz, when they manage to push through the alps.
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While I like playing quite a few of the factions, I voted KH, because the Spartan Agoge was the thing that really made me start thinking more about educating my FMs not only in the settlement they are governing, which really opened a whole new world for me.
Baktria has a sexy roster, thats why.
Using them I can unite Britain and Ireland with starting army.
272BC, send your 4 units of starting infantry and your 2 starting bg units to the nearest rebel town. Que as many units as you can in capital. Besisge rebel town, end turn.
The Rebel army outnumbers you and they have champions so the ratio is 1:2 in their favour so they will always sally out at end of turn. Form your infantry into a thin line with guard mode. Let the enemy swarm your position. Take your chariots off skirmish mode. Send them around flank and attack. The trick is not to clcik on their units but to keep clicking on the ground behind the enemy so they keep their momentum. Your chariots will run through their entire army and they will rout INSTANTLY.
They are crazy BGs and rout units quicker than elephants. and Im not exaggerating
With Casse Generals, 1:3 odds against you are a walk in the park
And yeah, the army you begin with as the Casse is easily enough to take all of the British Isles. If you know how to use chariots correctly, the Casse are extremely deadly. One of my favourite things to do with them is get them on one side of the enemy infantry line - while they're engaged with my own - and drive the chariots through their whole line. It quite often causes a mass route.
What I do find tho is their javelins are quite weak so I never skirmish with them. Also I havent found them to be as great cavalry killers as everyone else seems to say. What I do find is that they are great mass routers, better even than elephants at routing units. I will never forget the sight of druids and midlander champions instant routing as soon as my chariots touch them
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They don't kill heavy cavalry quite as easily, but they absolutely murder light cavalry. I'd think the same rule applies for cavalry as it does for infantry. Just keep them moving. My first experience with the Casse was holding off twice my number of Eleutheroi, who were coming from two directions, all because of my two FMs in my army. But I've also had bad experiences with them where I've misused them and they've just died horribly. I learned rather quickly from those.
But yeah their javelins aren't the best in the world. I generally only keep skirmishers in my army to go on defensive mode in front of my front line to tire the enemy out before they face my actual warriors. I do love the Slingers though, especially against Rome.
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