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Topic Subject: My Troops are getting run over!!
posted 26 October 2004 03:37 EDT (US)   
Under contol of the britons, whenever i go into battle and i have infantry pinning down the enemy from the front the obvious tactic is to send the chariots round the back and charge right? well my chariots just seem to go crazy and kill half my own men instead!? is there anyway i can minimise this?
posted 26 October 2004 03:54 EDT (US)     1 / 9  
Chariots aren't meant for flanking attacks - they're to disrupt enemy formations for your infantry to then charge into while they're completely disorganised. The best tactic is to get them to charge straight through and out again to minimise your own losses.
posted 26 October 2004 10:53 EDT (US)     2 / 9  
I use chariots to ruin enemy morale and organisation, which seem to work well, because now as the Egyptians, this is my main tactic, because the Scipii have Infantry five times more powerful than mine. The only bad thing is that i can't use chariots against the Greeks, cause they have those damn phalanxes !!!
posted 26 October 2004 13:45 EDT (US)     3 / 9  
As far as I know chariots don't actually kill your own units, your infantry get run over but they stand up again.

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posted 26 October 2004 15:15 EDT (US)     4 / 9  
Just like your elephants!

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posted 26 October 2004 15:55 EDT (US)     5 / 9  
clumsy rats aren't they?

posted 26 October 2004 18:24 EDT (US)     6 / 9  
Chariots are only really good in battles that they can win. For instance attacking a group of light infantry with them will cause the infantry to rout much faster than if you were attacking them with your own infantry. But sending chariots into a phalanx or even a huge group of any units is a bad idea. Theyre much more fragile than elephants.

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posted 26 October 2004 20:52 EDT (US)     7 / 9  
Chariots can also be a good flanking tool against a bad enemy, but in a different way than Cavalry. With Cavalry your goal is to engage the enemy and then send your Cavalry directly into their rear flank crushing them between your Infantry and Cavalry. With Chariots, you can set up a unit on the enemy's side flanks, and right before the battle order them on a semi-suicidal drive to attack the center unit in a line. They'll charge the unit in the center and break up the units on the sides. Then you order your infantry to charge the messed up units and watch the onslaught. They rout peasants.

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posted 27 October 2004 02:23 EDT (US)     8 / 9  
chariots are like elephants. rampant and hard to control. that's a good thing if they're in masses of infantry. when you deploy them, put them far away(the part before you start battle and make a formation and place your units around) and when you make them charge, make them go far away from your army them.
posted 27 October 2004 04:02 EDT (US)     9 / 9  
Ok thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated, now i can conquer the gauls once and for all! god this game is addictive.......
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