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Andalus
Legionary
posted 27 August 2009 11:13 EDT (US)         
Russia is a unique faction, separated in many ways from the rest of the world in Medieval II: Total War. In order for a Russian player to establish themselves as a great power in Europe, they will have to expand and consolidate rapidly and bring their unique and superior cavalry roster to bear on their foes. In this guide, you will be taken through the details of making the most of your first few turns, and the general aims of your strategy as a Russian general.

You can read the new article here in our campaign strategy section. You may leave any comments or discussion in this thread.
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The Great Monty
Legionary
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posted 27 August 2009 16:37 EDT (US)     1 / 11       
Interesting, I usualy have a different strategy for Russia.
I send the Faction leader to Moscow, Mikhail to Riga and after my troops are buit up a bit in Novgorod, I send Vladamir to Helsinki.

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el_bandito
Legionary
posted 27 August 2009 21:30 EDT (US)     2 / 11       
Very easy to understand guide. Nicely done.

You might want to include Stockholm and the Scandinavia as another possible expansion route. Stockholm has the potential to be the richest city in the whole game. Not to mention Scandinavia can be easily defended since the AI rarely uses naval invasion.

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Slappster
Legionary
posted 27 August 2009 22:56 EDT (US)     3 / 11       
Very good guide, I love Russia. Another thing that makes Russia good against Mongols is the large amount of bridges in the area.
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 28 August 2009 16:08 EDT (US)     4 / 11       
A good guide, good job!

Russia is one of my two favourite factions and I reckon the advice is sound. Although I don't always press into the furthest east settlements as early as you recommended the reasoning for doing so (The Mongols *shudder*) is sound.

I look forward to more

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vampiric canniba
Legionary
posted 28 August 2009 16:57 EDT (US)     5 / 11       
I have to say, that is the most in-depth and useful campaign article on this site about a single faction. I would test it, but I've lost (or my mum purposely chucked in a nuclear testing facility) M2TW disc, and I've got el_bandito's mongol/imurid mod installed, so I'd probably get my ass whipped.

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Andalus
Legionary
posted 29 August 2009 11:43 EDT (US)     6 / 11       
You might want to include Stockholm and the Scandinavia as another possible expansion route. Stockholm has the potential to be the richest city in the whole game. Not to mention Scandinavia can be easily defended since the AI rarely uses naval invasion.
Good point. I personally tend to leave it for a while so as not to waste money on maintaining a fleet, but it is certainly an option, so I will put that in when I get a moment.
Another thing that makes Russia good against Mongols is the large amount of bridges in the area.
Also a good point. Will add that to the guide.
I look forward to more
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Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 29 August 2009 11:54 EDT (US)     7 / 11       
Very nice. I liked it a lot.

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Glacier_Girl
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posted 29 August 2009 16:33 EDT (US)     8 / 11       
I liked it, it was very in-depth, but I would've liked to see some pictures.

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IncendiaryPiggy
Legionary
posted 31 August 2009 16:33 EDT (US)     9 / 11       
Actually migrating to the British Isles is another option available to the Rus. The Russian HA's and cavalry can do some heavy damage to the scots and english. It also gives you a safe haven from the mongols if you dont think you can handle them at first. Its a fairly good strategem but you'll have to be able to fight with minimal losses in order to take Brittania.
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 01 September 2009 03:22 EDT (US)     10 / 11       
It's for the more suicidal, though, surely? You wouldn't expect someone just starting the game to give it a go, would you?

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Sirokos
Legionary
posted 01 September 2009 12:03 EDT (US)     11 / 11       
The guide is quiet nice and provides an interesting approach. I tend to behave a bit differently after the Polish. Actually I sign at the start an alliance with Hungarians and HRE which I keep strong till I don’t need them, especially the Hungarians. The Huns will gang bang Byzies and I let them do it. While I take the Danes with the purpose of vassalage to have them as buffer between me and other western Catholics factions. At that point I prepare for the Mongols and when I finish with them then is the Hungarians turn after some nifty political manoeuvres to piss them off and deteriorate the relations for them start war.

[This message has been edited by Sirokos (edited 09-01-2009 @ 12:14 PM).]

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