Middle-aged mayhem and youthful tomfoolery. It's the return of the Total Comedy liveblogger!
Awesome to see a Total War liveblog going! It sounds like we want the Moors or Germans. The Moors sound like your favourite faction, with the Germans (ok, Holy Roman Empire) coming in second. On the other hand, the Moors sound like a bit of a stomp, while the Germans might offer a bit more of a fight. It depends on how you want to do your liveblog. Also, and take this from a fellow blogger; an empire the size and position of the HRE is going to require a lot of effort to keep track of and write up. Multiple fronts mean you're going to be keeping track on what multiple other nations are doing on top of what all your major cities are up to, while you may have multiple fronts... which means you may find yourself writing up more than one battle report at a time, and I struggled with just dealing with one! Be aware that your time commitment with the Germans initially may be larger than the Moors by a considerable amount, though eventually your empire will probably grow large enough to take a considerable amount of time to cover. (Which is why, incidentally, I'd suggest doing a short campaign rather than a long one.) As for a firm choice... I vote Moors, if only to give you an easier time of it and because I have a few entertaining strategies in mind to suggest. (Which involve taking Wales and Crete, amongst other things...)
GameChainsaw (edited by: GameChainsaw)
(replying) Well, just one enemy wouldn't be cricket now, would it? And the more I fail, the funnier it gets... Well then, because I have none of the clout of other livebloggers, yours is likely to be the only comment I get. ^^; Moors it is! (waits until Friday)
I do like the idea of the Moorish invasion of Wales :-)
- kneels in gratitude*
Good to see there's one of these things are around. And I love the Moors.
(replying) YES! Spread the Moor-love! Who cares about the Reconquista? It's Jihad time! More seriously, I have in fact gotten the opening data down and a save game at the very start of the game all set up. Soon...
Yay! We're off! Well here are a few of my saner strategies for this campaign: 1: Jihad on Spain for lightning strike; Your most obvious opportunity and always valid. Spain hates you. You, presumably, don't like Spain very much either. So take out Castille and you're left with the weaker Portugal and a rump state to deal with.
- 1.1: Expanding on this idea, you can then drive up to Leon, and then take the Portuguese castle, denying them decent soldiers. If you're lucky you might even make it before they take Zaragoza. You then dash back down south to take their capital. I would strongly recommend you have a second army back around Castille and Cordoba though, as while you're smashing a gaping hole through the centre of the Reconquista, the Portuguese may take you in the flank. I would recommend guarding Cordoba well whatever your strategy.
- 1.2: Same as before, only instead of taking the castle, you consolidate by darting south towards Leon instead. You take their capital, dismantling their economy at the same time, and then surge back up north to finish them off. However, I'd only do this if I was certain the Portuguese were too cowed to attack Leon while I was away; economic problems for your enemies dont' mean much when you have a massive Portuguese army bearing down on your recently claimed city, and if they take Leon they have consolidated their northern position and you are right back where you started.
- 1.3: Ideal strategy; follow one, but build up a second army with the intention of taking Portugals capital at the same time. This is the first strategy which explicitly requires you to fork out for two armies. By the time your army has taken Leon and dismantled the Spanish, you have a second army ready to come at Portugal from the south... while the army that has taken Leon goes up north to take the Portuguese castle at the foot of the mountains. Once Portugal is taken, you then take France by surprise, taking Bordeaux, while sending your southern army up by sea to take Frances northern territories and Caen off the English. If it works, you will have crushed three European factions and sent another one (the English) well on the way to destruction! You will need two armies of sufficient strength to pull it off though. If you can get your first army to declare a jihad on a French province that would be best, but call a Jihad anyway.
GameChainsaw (edited by: GameChainsaw)
(replying) Wow, I missed having such awesome strategies to choose from. Most likely, out of sheer preference, I'd have to say I was planning something very much like a cross between 1.3 and 2. First build up my economy (Money Dear Boy) and armies big enough to join the jihad, and then declare a jihad on Lisbon-hear me out here- then both of my armies to join it, but only one of them actually goes for it. The 2nd army joins it one turn after the first, and then makes a beeline for Castille, while I take down Lisbonn with the actual jihadists pronto so no mass desertions occur. Also, something I find is that a jihadist army built with archers, a smattering of cavalry, and a buttload of mercenaries is mor than capable of rampaging up to Lisbon, engaging the field army, and then drawing out the garrison of Lisbon (and crushing them) into the bargain. Result? Faction Heir dead/captured, faction Leader dead/captured, and there is no way in hell the AI can cough up 15000+ florins for the ransom. And they have no other family members left. Bye-bye, Portugal, and no worrying about whether they take Zaragoza. Then, I only have Leon to worry about, and then it's off to club down the rebels... I don't tend to worry about Sicily or Milan much - they all focus on beating the crap out of each other and Venice quite nicely. I've never actually had the Sicilians attack Algiers, so that'll likely be reduced to a skeleton garrison. And once I've crushed the penisula, I'm going to build up and go for Italy...
IniquitusTheThird (edited by: IniquitusTheThird)
That all sounds excellent, and sound technical strategy, but I think you may be losing sight of the prime objective, which is as we are all aware, the building of a gigantic mosque in Pontypridd! I'm happy to go with consolidating our empire if it works as a step to the conquest of the welsh valleys. :-)
(replying) Oh yeah, I'm sure that by the time I've sorted out to basics of the empire, I'll get at least one irredeemable character ('Sadly ignorant' or something like that). Give him command of a few rookie units, plonk him on a boat, and send him up to Wales. Oh no, woe is me, we lost our retarded cousin to Welsh Rebels. :)
What happened to this Liveblog? Was it put on Hiatus?
(replying) Nope, just lost my notes for the first few turns. Sigh. Ah well, nothing really important happened in the meantime. I'll see if I can get something up fairly soon - bear with me, please.
More proof drugs are bad for you. Keep an eye on your growth rates. Very High taxes are all very well, but your cities won't grow very fast for it. On the other hand, at the rate you're training soldiers you're probably going to need those florins. Now I'd better get started on my blog, lest I be left in the North African dust!
(replying) Spot the ironic instalment name yet? Bah, growth rates. We can start worrying about them after the Frenchies are converted. I was planning to gather my initial forces into two armies while training replacements for the garrisons, then getting both of those armies onto the jihad. Yessss... Join me in liveblogging, and together, we could RULE THE TROPE!