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Topic Subject:I want to march straight ahead
Rex Illyrici
posted 23 October 2007 05:45 EDT (US)         
Is there some keyboard button which makes a selcted unit march straight ahead?

I always try to march at the enemy but my formation disintegrates at unusual angles when ordering my troops to march beyond the enemy.

Does anyone know the command for your troops to march directly ahead? Is there one? Or is there another way of solving this problem?
Seraph Emeritus
posted 23 October 2007 06:42 EDT (US)     1 / 3       
Some people say that holding Shift or Alt while ordering your units to move keeps them in formation. That has never worked for me, tough. One way to solve it would be to march your soldiers straight ahead only, but that isn't going to be of much use.

Terikel Grayhair
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posted 23 October 2007 07:10 EDT (US)     2 / 3       
Hail, King of the Illyrii!

Upon thy tablet of runes before thee is one marked 'Alt'. By depressing this whilst thou does right click upon thy rodent, thou doe sorder thy warband to advance to said point but retain the original facing. This is useful for shifting forces from the left to the right whilst they maintain their shields facing forwards whilst they move.

We have not yet experimented with the rune 'Ctrl' in combination with the rodent, thus have we no inkling what that wondrous combination will so order.

It is noted in the Charter and Contracts of the Warrior's Guild that when a member of a warband is in direct melee with a foe, all his/her sword-brothers shall come to his aid. This code has caused more than one of our fine and fancy battlefield maneuvers to evaporate into a cloud of mixed warriors slugging it out in no formation whatsoever.

Could it be this rule which is destroying thine own pretty formations and disrupting thy march to Victory?

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posted 24 October 2007 23:47 EDT (US)     3 / 3       
After deploying my troops before a battle, I usually group my infantry units so that I can move them in formation when the battle starts. Then, all it takes is a right click behind enemy lines for all my infantry to start advancing. Alternatively, if I want them, say, to climb a hill and then wheeel to face the enemy, no problem. I just send the grouped units up the hill and then use the arrowe keys to reorient them, still in their original formation. It all works very well indeed and all it takes is a bit of practice.

Often, I will also run slingers/archers with cavalry support, out wide of the enemy's right flank in the hopes of disrupting their lines. Any action that might ensue can have my full attention, at least until my infantry get close enough to engage. At that point I usually select the group and tell it to halt while I reassess the situation.

Don't forget that you can instruct units to go to a destination and assume a particular orientation by selecting one or more units and then right-clicking and dragging over the destination terrain. This needs practice, particularly with regard to the orientation aspect but it's worth the effort.

The F1 Key brings up a useful list of the keyboard shortcuts available to you during battle.
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