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Topic Subject: The enemy of my ally...
posted 14 November 2004 08:46 EDT (US)   
...is my friend.

Well, that may be, but I have successfully tried out a new sort of strategy to weaken my fellow roman factions.

There´s nothing special about it, but it actually worked out pretty well.

I was playing the imperial campaign as the Julii, hard difficulty. I had successfully fought back the gauls and spanish, having good trade agrements with Carthage, Britain, Germania, Thrace and Dacia. I neglected to fullfill the senatorial assignments that did not profit my agenda. But since I was victorius on the battlefield and the richest faction, I still held several offices in the senate and was quite popular among the plebs and pats.

The Scipii was the weakest faction, having some hard times with the carthaginians. The Brutii however, was successfull in conquering Greece and the south-eastern parts of Europe. I did not want my fellow roman factions to become to strong. When the civil war erupts, I want to be able to kill them off without to much hardship.

So this is what i did:

A placed a lot of spies in their italian cities ( Capitals ); Capua, Tarentum etc. As soon as a plague erupted, I made sure that some of my spies were infected, and then had them spread the plague in the Scipii/Brutii cities.

I also assassinated several of their family members.

The Brutii was at war with Thrace, and was about to defeat them. The Thracian had a couple of cities left. I sent my diplomats to bribe the Brutii armies that besieged the cities and, of course, lifted the siege. Then I made the Thracians my allies and thereby forcing the other roman factions to a ceasefire with Thrace. Of course, the ceasefire was short, but I repeated the same thing over and over. I also supported the Thracians economically and prolonging their ability to fight back against the Brutii.

The Brutii expansion stopped and when the civil war broke out, I had a huge advantage and easily killed them off.

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posted 14 November 2004 15:13 EDT (US)     1 / 5  
The name "Padrino" suits you very much.

Anyway, yea that's a good way to stop any expansion by your allies.


I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed. ~George Carlin
posted 14 November 2004 16:03 EDT (US)     2 / 5  
Sounds pretty resource-intensive, but really crafty. I may try that for my next roman campaign...

GAJ
posted 16 November 2004 04:20 EDT (US)     3 / 5  
Yes, I have chosen my name very carefully... ;-)

Yes, of course your financial situation have to be good, but then again I held the northern Iberian peninsula, most of Gaul and a couple of cities in Dalmatia, so by that time in the game, if the economical situation´s not good, you´re doing something wrong... ;-)

posted 16 November 2004 07:05 EDT (US)     4 / 5  
The Julii was a non-faction before the civil war even broke out, my assassins and spys took down their leaders. The senate kept paying me to keep the barbarian hordes from marching on Rome, while I kept assassinating the Senate leaders. I marched on Rome from the direction of Gaul. I kept pushing the rear of the Gauls while the Gauls and Germans kept killing the Senate armies. I scooped up Briton that the Julii were so kind to leave behind. Coming in from the other direction, the Eastern armies kept pushing into the Brutii becuase I asked them nicely. The Brutii family members seem so friendly, I had no idea why they kept joining me the Scipii, perhaps because of the birthday presents I sent them. I took Rome without so much as a broken fingernail. Everyone loved me. Truly, we Scipii are the beloved of the gods and the people of Rome!
posted 18 November 2004 15:54 EDT (US)     5 / 5  
all you had to do was to bribe the first big group of Brutii and Scipii army and use them right away to seige their own cities. You should be able to take them out in the first 2 years.
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