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Topic Subject: How to make money
posted 24 March 2011 22:10 EDT (US)   
My finance is very bad and gets worse as time goes by. I had like -13,000 in the with 94 turns left. I exterminated Halicarnausus, and now my finance is down to -5000. This is still terrible and I can't get any new troops. What can I do to improve my finance?
posted 25 March 2011 15:10 EDT (US)     1 / 3  
No idea, I get the same problem. I think it's to encourage you to go a-conquering. Only way to get more money is to take more cities.
posted 25 March 2011 21:00 EDT (US)     2 / 3  
I've played some into the Alexander campaign (but not that far) and what I've discovered is that you need to make the very most of the troops you have. Troop upkeep is most of what's keeping your finances down, and you need to get enough cities under your belt to make up for the huge army. But, you might be forced to disband a few units as a stop gap measure.

1. You're probably going to have to fight outnumbered quite a bit. Depending on your difficulty settings, this can be more or less of a challenge. But, your hoplites and pikemen are superior to many of the Persian units, and your powerful cavalry complement this. (Also, don't be afraid to use your generals' bodyguards in combat, especially Alexander's.)

2. Leave almost no garrison in your cities. Your armies should be taking the fight to the enemy, not sitting in cities racking up paychecks. Keep a token garrison in all of your cities and conquer with the rest, using your field armies to break Persian sieges when necessary.

Other than that, it's basic tips. Keep tax rates as high as possible without revolt, always exterminate, etc. Keep an eye on Sparta, as it's a pain in the neck. Focus on building public order and financial improvements to try and drag the dismal income up.
posted 26 March 2011 07:57 EDT (US)     3 / 3  
Don't disband. If you want to get rid of some units then send a few on a heroic campaign.

Alexander battles are relatively easy. In open battles just use the corner of the map for flank protaction. You should get about 1000 kills, 10 deaths that way.
And in city streets try and keep 1 unit of phalanx behind the one in front, so the tips of the spears are just in front of the people in front. That way if a unit (especially cavalry) manages to jump over the spears then the ones behind can quickly kill it and not disrupt formations.

It's alright to be bankrupt at the beggining. After you capture about 5 cities then it will start going positively.
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