Hello fellow M2TW-players.
I'll post my starting strategies here, maybe someone has use to them.
I hope to make one for every faction some time.
I'll have to note that I play retrofit with GUAM which other people say has a pretty passive AI which I only noticed on the British Isles actually.
A few general notes for my campaigns:
*I normally don't assault, I maintain siege untill the enemy sallies out as this costs me less men or none at all.
*GUAM adds some great mercs so I use them quite a lot.
*I help my allies.
*I have an affection for France, Venice, Denmark and Poland.
Things you should do in any campaign:
*Always start by building economical buildings. (roads, farms, port, market and mines)
*Non-frontline settlements don't need high military buildings or armourers.
*Convert most castles, you don't need 1 castle for every city. Any settlement that's not on the frontline shouldn't be a castle unless it's your recruitment centre. Convert that too when you have a fortress/citadel somewhere else.
*First take all rebel settlements, do not rush in as that would get you nowhere, at war with probably more then one faction and with no reinforcements near even the most awesome army dies eventually.
*Do not play a religious bastard who answers all crusades, teh amount of money they cost you and extra attention isn't really worth it. Any northern or Western European faction shouldn't even think of going on crusade in early game.