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post #1 of 12
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I started a new campaign in Rome: Total War around the middle of last year and got away from it for a while. It's actually a mod for the game called RTR. I started playing it again the other day (I've been off work sick) and am having a tough go of it. I'm playing as the Parthians. I control a little more than a 1/3 of the game map and have wiped out the Bactrians, Armenians, the Ptolemaic Empire, and the Sarmatians. I have an on again/off again truce with the Macedonians. My only ally is Rome and they are off doing their own thing on the other side of the map.

Pontus is a HUGE thorn in my side. They have sliced a nice wedge into my budding empire. I don't have the heavier infantry units to stand toe-to-toe on the battlefield with them. I need better troops. I'm also strapped for cash.

I may have to adopt a strategy that I use in Medieval 2 :Total War when those pesky Mongols and Timurids show up: Give up territory while I build my forces. Spread them out, wear them down and then go for the kill. It's a long term strategy that doesn't always pay off. In the meantime I could strike West into North Africa and attack Carthage or I could continue to build my forces in Egypt and set to sea and attack the main Pontic cities.

Decisions, decisions.
post #2 of 12
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The computer is cheating!!

Shenanigans!!!

I went to resume my campaign and one of the cities I took from the Pontus was laid under siege by them. They attacked, outnumbering me by a good 600-700 soliders. I had my walls manned well to fend off the troops in the seige towers and ladders. I took down both of their battering rams before they could reach my gates and then, without any warning, the screen goes black and I get kicked out of the game. After half a dozen times trying to get it work right I had to the one thing I dreaded and auto resolve the battle. I was slaughtered and lost the town.

Cheatin' game!! It only did that because it knew that I was going to paint the walls of my city red with their blood. It denied me of my victory.

Heathens.....
post #3 of 12
You're cracking me up with this!
post #4 of 12
burn the town down.
i bulit the city of San Francisco, it should have been a happy town.
Lots of food. water, clean air. Should have been a Happy city.
But noooo, i never could could make them happy. They kept asking me to join the russian empire. so out of kidness i let them go.

6 turns later, they want to came back to my empire. blah who wants them
i razed the city to ruins.

Bulit a oil well on top of the runis.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
burn the town down.
i bulit the city of San Francisco, it should have been a happy town.
Lots of food. water, clean air. Should have been a Happy city.
But noooo, i never could could make them happy. They kept asking me to join the russian empire. so out of kidness i let them go.

6 turns later, they want to came back to my empire. blah who wants them
i razed the city to ruins.

Bulit a oil well on top of the runis.
LOL...Are you still playing Civ?

I don't take prisoners. Once I take the town over I hit the ole "execute" option and slaughter the barbarians. Julius Caesar once said, "War gives the right to the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished." I imposed my will to put them to the sword.

I don't want to speak to soon but things may be starting to look up. I've had a good string of victories the past couple hours and took a couple of cities back with two more of theirs under siege.

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Originally Posted by clixpix
You're cracking me up with this!
I'm here to amuse.

I'm glad you are enjoying it. I'm going to keep up the running commentary while I continue the campaign.

This is a sweet game. It's been out for a few years and it's one of the few I don't get bored with. A while ago I installed a mod for the game called RTR (Rome Total Realism). The mod did a few things to the game:
1. Created more cities/territories
2. The factions and troops being used is a little more historically accurate.
3. The mod took all of the over highly overpowered "super" units that the original Rome: Total War had. The playing field has been leveled. Certain regions give you access to more types of troops and mercenaries. It also takes a long time to fully assimilate a town before you can start to build improvements in the city and acquire troops from it.

It's more of a challenge than the original. As frustrating as it can be at times, it makes playing it more fun.
post #6 of 12
yea, civ4, i tend to keep the barbarian cities, since they give you control over a alarger section of the map.

Plus if they are bulit up, you can get some good bulid times out of stuff with them. AFter you stamp out there religion and replace it with yours.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
yea, civ4, i tend to keep the barbarian cities, since they give you control over a alarger section of the map.

Plus if they are bulit up, you can get some good bulid times out of stuff with them. AFter you stamp out there religion and replace it with yours.
Wow. Sounds like they added some new twists since Civ 3. Is there much rioting that goes on while you are changing religions on them?

Progress continues though the pace is slow. I have commanded one of my generals to lay siege to Antioch. The city will be back in my hands soon. The region that used to be known as Armenia is back in my hands after some bloody fighting. After securing Armenia I have instructed another of my generals to proceed along the coast of the Black Sea. Another Pontic city is due to fall.
post #8 of 12
Yep, normaly you can get alot of riots unil you convert the city to your religion.

or if you have freedom of religion. Which i dont use.
you get bouns for have a state religion. Which you cant replace until late in teh game.
post #9 of 12
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The Pontic Greeks are learning the hard way that it is unwise to provoke my wrath. They are down to six territories. The city of Sardis will be next to feel the cold steel.

Those Carthaginian dogs have shown their true colors and have taken a few of my Egyptian holdings. Alexandria revolted and threw my forces out. Being outnumbered I wisely pulled back to Gaza and am fortifying my position there.

I am also engaged in combat with Macedon.

The tally so far:
Regions Controlled: 67
Battles Won: 272
Battles Lost: 143

I don't think it's possible to get a full casualty count but it's high.

Sorry about the mess my horse made.
post #10 of 12
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They just won't quit. Why do they insist on prolonging their doom? Don't they know it's only a matter of time before they are conquered? People should know when they are conquered.
post #11 of 12
wow, Bryan, you really are into this stuff! I don't have the patience for that type of game, give me Pac-Man any day!!
post #12 of 12
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I like Pac Man and Galaga and the good old arcade atyle games too. RTS, strategy and some first person shooter games are my favorites. I could have ended this game a while ago- possibly. To win you only have to hold 50 territories, including the city of Rome. I like to draw it out.
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