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Topic Subject: Working through your strategy
posted 02 September 2013 23:57 EDT (US)   
With comments about the AI in the critics' reviews, I thought it worth raising this concept - how well could you turn your approach to campaign strategy into a flow-chart type method?

If it's actually feasible, it gives a more detailed route to discussing strategies and could potentially prove useful to anyone trying to modify the AI approach. More than that, it's sort of interesting to think carefully about what you take into account when playing.

It could also be funny to rigidly follow a plan that turns out to have at least some daft elements (e.g. forgetting any need for defence / ignoring enemy armies approaching your settlements (you could intend to do that of course))

In TW games to date my approach against the AI usually seems quite straightforward:
- react to immediate threats from approaching armies
- work out who my main opponents are and try to build/maintain an alliance against them
- focus on knocking out an existing enemy
- plan conquests to make my empire a prettier shape

That's quite basic and there's a lot of fleshing out I'd have to do to make it even vaguely complete (only worth it if anyone else thinks its a sensible idea / also intends to fritter time away on this).

Looking at where you get limitations from the game experience too - the immediate threat part can be a lot less important if you know you can probably beat much larger enemy armies and anyway they'll probably just mill around - when looking at human-human interactions in a hotseat campaign, peace treaties and deals are of great importance but in previous games haven't always been overly sensible/reliable.
posted 03 September 2013 00:01 EDT (US)     1 / 3  
Hi Swamp

I've been away, and haven't been paying attention to RTW2 hype. Is the AI on the campaign map as it has been in previous TW titles? Am I going to have to move my armies around to stomp single stack enemy armies? or did they do away with that behavior?
posted 03 September 2013 01:20 EDT (US)     2 / 3  
It'll vary from factions to faction. How I think my Carthage campaign will work out is something like this:

*Flesh out initial forces, dealing with local threats first and securing my base.
*Build up secondary army and navy for secondary (chronologically speaking) conquests in Sicily
*Further conquests in Africa until the whole of the Maghreb is mine, holding off attacks in Sicily
*Build up infrastructure and economy, as it will have been neglected for a little while now.
*Prepare third army for tertiary conquests, which will vary on diplomatic influences as well as who is still around.

All the while maintaining and building up my naval forces. Carthage must be the queen on the seas!

I am the Carthaginian who became an angel, and surrendered his wings for a life on the sea of battle.

My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel the Deflowerer
posted 03 September 2013 02:38 EDT (US)     3 / 3  
Guys, can you remake it here?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
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