Seriously, no one has any stories relating to video game caring potential?
I ended up reuniting England when the Scots invaded and I persuaded Northumbria to be vassalised again. I even got Brittany, who quit France and accepted an offer to come over to my side (I'm taking the "protector of the smallest" role, expanding by voluntary declarations of allegiance. One of my most common tactics is to vassalise a small duchy at the mercy of a kingdom or emirate, banking on them being desperate enough to seek help, and then using money, threats and then finally all out force to push for a white peace. I stop the war in the minimum amount of time and gain a vassal without having to force the issue, expanding my kingdom and keeping the peace at the same time. So I guess I've gone from idealistic flower child to cynical enforcer of the peace.
I've also been actively developing my vassals lands by giving them gifts of money that they then invest in buildings. I've got the tax rate down to 30 for burghers and peasants, could probably lower it more now that I've got more vassals. (Seriously, I'm pulling in 30 gold per month which isn't bad considering its not even 1100 yet.) The economic, peace-focussed approach is really paying off; my lands are way more advanced than France and I've left Scotland and Wales in the dark. William is still
alive, he's 65 for heavens sake and still pumping out children right left and centre.
I... stopped my last session because something grandly pissed me off. Namely, I made peace with the emirate of Jerusalem after they'd invaded Gwynedd, meaning to simply drive them off the British Isles, when I realised my vassals were charging off to fight in the holy land instead of doing the sensible thing and fighting off the invaders of Wales
and costing themselves (and me by proxy) a fortune in the process, not to mention, you know, getting thousands killed, the exact opposite
of my goals. Problem is, after I stopped fighting, my vassals continued, and for some reason some of them declared independence. No announcement or explanation, they just seemed to glitch out of my kingdom. I didn't even get a claim on their lands!
Call me a cheater but I feel that if there's a game mechanic that isn't properly explained, the games producers can't exactly expect me to just roll on like nothings happened when it puts me in the metaphorical dung-heap. I lost 2 years of progress.
edited 12th May '11 3:08:31 PM by GameChainsaw