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  1. Re: Diplomacy in this game is seriously broken

    Oh definitely. Your reputation suffers when you choose to continue a battle after it's ended. It's considered unchivalrous to run down fleeing men. So that might be what's making it so difficult to...
  2. Re: Diplomacy in this game is seriously broken

    If I were you I'd just tell the pope to go screw himself, and do whatever you gotta do to break the deadlock, start taking French and German settlements. Of course this will give you a wider frontier...
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    Re: Inquisitors unbalance the game?

    They've killed my characters in settlements and forts. You're only safe if you have a really high piety rating, and even then not completely.
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    Breaking apart your own domain

    I actually don't have an active STW campaign going now, but I think this forum needs a little love, and besides I was just thinking about this so I figured I'd make a thread about it.

    Does anyone...
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    Re: exploit ploys of a financial nature

    I think I bought a settlement just one time, though I don't remember which settlement or who I was playing as. I had some kind of good reason but I don't remember what it was. I wouldn't just buy...
  6. Re: The Scale Of Total War Games Is Not Realistic At All!

    People really tend to overestimate the scale of battles back then, probably in large part due to the way sources exaggerated to convey "big numbers", but also, I think, because a lot of people think...
  7. Re: Crossbows firing at point blank range!

    A while back I was fighting Mongols. I don't recall which country I was playing but this battle took place somewhere in the Antioch area which I had conquered after a crusade. There was a battle in...
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    Re: Inquisitors unbalance the game?

    I've never seen an Inquisitor appear on the island of Britain, ever. I'm kind of surprised anyone else has. I suppose if you let heresy get bad enough in England it could happen, but that seems easy...
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    Re: Unbalanced forces

    Really? I think the archers are better in M2TW than in RTW. Roman archers (pre-Marian reforms) in RTW are absolutely worthless. I can have 60 archers firing volley after volley at an enemy army and...
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    Poll: Re: Historical vs Gameplay

    I'm of the opinion that it doesn't have to be either/or. I don't see why a game can't be both historically accurate and fun at the same time. Of course some simplification is necessary to avoid...
  11. Thread: Pirates

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    Re: Pirates

    I think that's not so much a problem with pirates as it is a problem with the AI nations stupidly mismanaging their ships. So it's not that pirates are overpowered, but that the AI is dumb and makes...
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    Re: How to deal with the Pope

    I don't think it's automatic. It seems to require a certain minimum amount of piety. I'm doing a campaign now and I notice, and I've noticed before, that sometimes when I go to the college of...
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    Re: Do spies increase happiness in cities?

    I've always thought that they should have at least a slight effect, acting like a kind of secret police in your cities. Obviously the effect should be limited, say to a max of 10%, otherwise people...
  14. Re: units wont charge and engage enemy properly

    No way, don't trash Sar1n's post. That was really helpful. I hadn't known about the single-click option with cavalry. I'm going to try that at the next opportunity. Nothing wrong with a necropost as...
  15. Re: [SS 6.4 AAR] - Upon the wings of eagles - Poland

    This is a great story. I haven't read the latest updates yet, but I gave you a rep for the one I just read (June 18). You really bring it to life. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this AAR.
  16. Re: What is the historical Total War of your dreams?

    My dream Total War game would be China in the Three Kingdoms period, starting with the fall of the Han dynasty and the end of Dong Zhuo's tyranny when China was carved up between tons of factions...
  17. Re: Are you converting to Christianity in your campaigns?

    Personally I don't see the military value of converting to Christianity. Maybe I just haven't figured out the right way to use arquebusiers, but I find them pretty useless. A few months ago I was...
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    Re: I cant do anything against this army.

    A situation like this can be solved a little easier if you have a night fighter general there. I just had a similar problem the other day. The Byzantines were besieging me on Crete, most of their...
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    Re: Biological warfare

    I haven't done this in Medieval II yet, but I've done it a few times in Rome Total War. It's particularly useful in RTW because some of the cities grow way too fast; sometimes I would deliberately...
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    Re: how do i slow time down

    Many thanks!
  21. Re: Your opinions on which is the hardest faction on RTW vanilla?

    Yep. Not only that but it's so poor. I tried a Spain campaign a while back and it was a real uphill battle. It's kind of surprising how weak they made Spain in this game, considering how much trouble...
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    Re: The Pope is a giant tool (again)

    Ah ok, thanks. I'll fix it when I hit 25 then. Only got like 6 to go after this one.
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    Question about vassalization

    So I'm doing a Venice campaign right now and I'm allied with France. For a period of time I was at war with Milan (which was rough because I'm also at war with the Holy Roman Empire, and much of my...
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    Re: The Pope is a giant tool (again)

    Crap, I didn't mean for that to be a big wall of text. I divided it into paragraphs, but it turned out as a block. There's also no edit option to fix it. Sorry.
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    Re: The Pope is a giant tool (again)

    This is so funny because I had a campaign just like that once. I was playing as Spain, and I accidentally ended up at war with the pope because his fleet happened to be next to a Milanese fleet that...
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    Re: how do i slow time down

    Bump because i'd like to know this too. It's a little weird how a hundred years pass in the game but the characters only age half that much. I know that can be fixed, because the guy who posted an...
  27. Poll: Re: [M2TW AAR] Who Watches the Watchers?: Papal Apocalypse.

    I know this thread is long dead, but I just want to say this is one of the best AARs i've ever seen. Not THE best (that honored distinction belongs to the one-of-a-kind Timurid Scientists AAR on the...
  28. Thread: Hokkaido?

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    Re: Hokkaido?

    Hokkaido didn't officially become part of Japan and become settled by Japanese in large numbers until the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century. It was occupied by the Tokugawa Shogunate for a...
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    Re: Roleplaying to make the game harder

    Migration games are fun. I haven't done one in M2TW yet, though this thread has put the idea in my head, but I did a few of them in Rome Total War. I once did a migration game where I moved the...
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    Re: Muling Infants Instead of Leaders

    Nope, there's no pattern to it. And historically the Romans looked down on pretty much everybody else, didn't matter how good of leaders they were.
  31. Thread: Pirates

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    Re: Pirates

    I generally put a minimum of six ships in a fleet. I find that's usually sufficient to defeat most enemies at sea. Triremes are my favorite, not as expensive or time-consuming as quinqueremes, and...
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    Re: How do I defend cities from inside?

    Are you talking about reinforcement armies aiding besieged cities? If that's your question, all you need to do is station an army right next to the besieged city (and it has to be no more than one...
  33. Re: Earthquake???????? Grrrrrrrr...................

    That's not cheating, it's a random event. You shouldn't just mod out all unfortunate events. Natural disasters did destroy armies in real-world history. Think of the two Mongolian invasions of Japan....
  34. Thread: Pirates

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    Re: Pirates

    I think it's accurate enough. Piracy was a huge problem in the ancient Mediterranean, and they did have big fleets. Pompey had to wage an enormous campaign spanning the breadth of the Mediterranean...
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    Re: Your finest RTW moments

    I've been playing RTW since 2011, so I couldn't pick a single "greatest" moment. No doubt i've forgotten some really great ones. But there is one particular battle that sticks in my memory, though...
  36. Re: Your opinions on which is the hardest faction on RTW vanilla?

    Armenia definitely isn't the hardest. They're difficult, to be sure, in a hard starting position with a poor economy, and their early infantry aren't great (better than Numidia's, though), but their...
  37. Re: Replenishing depleted units "Retraining"

    There absolutely is retraining in the original Shogun Total War. I just did it a few minutes ago in Mimasaka. What you do is you put your units in the castle first, then you open the recruitment...
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    Re: ah shogun those were the days

    I still love Shogun all these years later. I'm playing a Mori campaign right now. I'd almost forgotten how much fun it can be.
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    Re: M2TW - 10 Years On

    Personally I love vanilla and have never felt the need to play with a mod. It's a great game as it is. Not perfect of course, but neither are the mods, and as you say they can add to problems as much...
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    Re: Desertion in the crusades

    Crusade desertion is really annoying sometimes. And it seems to happen even when i'm heading directly for the target and using all available movement points. Like, I recently did a crusade as...
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