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posted 24 October 2008 18:43 EDT (US)   
i have heard many things about which fraction is the best. I know that many people will have different anwsers but i would like to know which fraction is the easyest or the hardest to play. That includes non playable fractions
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posted 24 October 2008 20:14 EDT (US)     1 / 14  
The Romans are probably the easiest. They have rock solid infantry, which becomes super-heroic in the late game. Italy is also an economic gold mine, so playing them you never have to worry about money. Especially if you play the Brutii, who typically expand right into Greece.

The most difficult are probably Numidia and Thrace. Both have a thin selection of units, start in poor territories (especially the Numdians) and have powerful neighbors.
posted 25 October 2008 10:51 EDT (US)     2 / 14  
Romans are so overpowered that you can be a poor general, fight some appalling battles yet still manage to win. You can't do this with other factions, though once you know how to handle them, I think they're much more powerful. Greece for instance, with its armoured hoplites, can be unstoppable if you understand the rules of how to handle a phalanx. Done right, your men are completely safe behind those spears, and the best Roman units will die on them eventually. With Royal Pikemen and Macedonian and Companion Cavalry, Macedon is also a strong contender, plus they both have excellent economies. Scythia doesn't, but once you know how to handle an army of horse archers, you'll find that almost nothing can touch them. So they're all quite easy to play. Kind of.

Numidia has to be the worst. Until you can recruit legionaries you have nothing but the most dire units in the game to be going on with.
posted 25 October 2008 11:46 EDT (US)     3 / 14  
all factions are easy when you play good enough! -confucius says...

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posted 26 October 2008 07:01 EDT (US)     4 / 14  
macedonians probably as they command great phalanxes and cavalry
but the greeks hav a great advantage in that there province in syrcause allows easy passage into italy which is vital for world domination haha

most desert armies fair badly in rtw
and gaul almost always eventually dies so yeh

BTW does any1 kno a mod which revelas the whole campaign map for the whole of campaign mode
u kno no fog of war
would u still need spies?

posted 27 October 2008 08:13 EDT (US)     5 / 14  
The most difficult are probably Numidia and Thrace.
Personally, I have never found Thrace to be very hard. Numidia are beastly, though.

Armenia are quite a hard faction for the first time. I never really played them much until the Armenian swap game (Is that finished, by the way?).

And factions like Gaul who are surrounded and poor have a tough start.
posted 27 October 2008 08:20 EDT (US)     6 / 14  
Dacia is ok if your good enough to blitz thrace but if you make a mistake your sunk.

I would say Numidia then Dacia is the hardest.

/me shudders fighting Synthia with unamored barbarian Dacia troops.
posted 27 October 2008 11:30 EDT (US)     7 / 14  
The Seleucids can be very hard in the early campaign, but after that they have a much easier campaign.

I'd say Numidia is the toughest faction to play as. They start stretched out, their units aren't that great and they have powerful neighbours.

The Romans are probably the easiest because they get a good to excellent economy (depending on the house you play) and a very powerful army. Cavalry (except for generals) is weak before the reforms, but after them it is very good.

posted 27 October 2008 13:42 EDT (US)     8 / 14  
Yeah Dacia is pretty rough to begin with. The economy is crap and the only way to get out of the hole is to be extremely aggressive immediately, wipe out Thrace, humble Scythia a bit to put them on the back foot, then move into Greece. After that, their swordsmen, cavalry and archers may not have the edge that their counterparts in Britain and Gaul have with their temple upgrades, but they're still very strong and will take some beating.
posted 28 October 2008 03:47 EDT (US)     9 / 14  
egypt is good too and so is britain coz u can literally just build up massively in britain then attack
posted 31 October 2008 02:30 EDT (US)     10 / 14  
The Roman factions are quite powerful, but I've found a late game Seleucid army is untouchable. The Seleucid cavalry selection is positively nightmarish, and their infantry is almost as tough as their cavalry.
posted 31 October 2008 10:21 EDT (US)     11 / 14  
Seleucids are strong but pretty much a mess to manage early in the campaign.

Macedon is quite well off too, militarily and economically.

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posted 03 November 2008 22:18 EDT (US)     12 / 14  
Well, id have to say romans for best and the hardest dacia i just tried and died lol. But numdia is hard at the start but if you take carthage it becomes easy,for me at least as I'm a good micro manager

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posted 11 November 2008 03:36 EDT (US)     13 / 14  
add on to my previous post:
if your good with chariots (which im not) then britain and egypt can own it up on the campaign map but in a custom battle there are probably better choices
posted 11 November 2008 12:27 EDT (US)     14 / 14  
I think Macedonia is the funnest atleast!

You've got an abysmal beginning units but if you can just continue on Defence, because phalanxes destroy everything when it comes to seige warfare!

Put your Ranged Infantry on the Walls and move all your phalanxes to defend the city plaza! Force your opponent to make a full frontal assault and be destroyed as your archers make quick work of the units passing below!

Then, in the late game Macedonia receives unbeatable Cavalry and Phalanxes!! Then, with the Denarii you've been saving annihilate the Greco-Brutii Threat!!!

Achtung, Seig!

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