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Old 31-01-2011, 02:44 PM   #41
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hmm, can you make a desktop+dosbox screenshot of what you see?

because my powermonger runs nicely with resolution exactly as on the review page at about 10,000 cycles with pm bat- even too fast i think; it was probably meant to be played as it runs on about 5,000-6,000 cycles
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Old 26-06-2021, 12:16 AM   #42
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Anyone have any tips? Game seems to get horrendously hard. What do you do when you start sandwiched between several allied captains and there's no time to make any weapons?
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Old 26-06-2021, 08:19 AM   #43
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Anyone have any tips? Game seems to get horrendously hard. What do you do when you start sandwiched between several allied captains and there's no time to make any weapons?

Let them die?


Well, only found 1 ~guide, more of a game-manual actualy for the game, so my only advice is: try to watch some let's plays on youtube.
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Old 27-06-2021, 06:35 PM   #44
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Let them die?
I meant when they are all under the same banner against the player. As such, letting them die generally requires the player's assistance.

I did notice something about the three rivals though. Harold (yellow) almost never uses his captains, and most of the time his settlements invent pots and ploughs etc. Jos (red) and Jeyne (blue) are aggressive and deploy their captains. I believe Jeyne is the more intelligent one.

Some maps start your men out with bows. You can wipe out enemy armies pretty easily with bows, but if you have no melee soldiers, it is almost impossible to capture settlements without opting to just kill everyone. I haven't figured out a way for soldiers to drop equipment so they can switch out of terminator mode.

I haven't yet found anything on youtube that knows what they're talking about. Some of the videos have blatantly wrong information.
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Some maps start your men out with bows. You can wipe out enemy armies pretty easily with bows, but if you have no melee soldiers, it is almost impossible to capture settlements without opting to just kill everyone. I haven't figured out a way for soldiers to drop equipment so they can switch out of terminator mode.

I haven't yet found anything on youtube that knows what they're talking about. Some of the videos have blatantly wrong information.

Are there diplomacy options?
About capturing cities the manula maybe tells something? (replacementdocs has the manual if you need one)
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Old 29-06-2021, 06:58 AM   #46
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Are there diplomacy options?
About capturing cities the manula maybe tells something? (replacementdocs has the manual if you need one)
My one foray into diplomacy with one of Harold's towns did get a response ("Not now, pinhead!") - I think it is possible to get better results if the captain has Pots in his inventory. But generally I think if you have time to build Pots, you should be building Pikes or Bows or something, so I admit haven't gone very far with this.

As it turns out, I did have some success today capturing one of these ridiculous places. This scenario is in the center of the bottom row of the map.



All the towns are owned by Jos and he has 5 or 6 captains. Jos XVIII himself is a captain starting in the little tower center-top. He orders the other captains to recruit their entire town and attack the only object not under his control, your tower, center-bottom. So you need to leave that area quickly. If you capture a town (they're all deserted thanks to the recruitment drive), he immediately marches there with his overwhelming force and retakes it.

Anyways, after the match started I left and attacked a few sheep. Once Jos' armies were all down at my tower, it seemed like he made a little mistake. He combined all his men into all into one army, 150 soldiers. I sort of ran around assassinating the now-vulnerable sub-captains for a while but Jos himself never ran out of food, so there's probably an AI handicap going on there.

Eventually I managed to deal with the stupid 150-man army. I captured the deserted bottom-right town, which prompted Jos to go there and retake it. Meanwhile I captured the top-right town. You will notice, regarding these two towns, that the ocean blocks a direct line between the bottom- and top-right. Jos and his original crew have boats, but none of the rest do. Being a dumb bastard, Jos just leaves the 135 soldiers without boats straddling the shoreline while he takes to the sea. I camped my 18 guys on the opposite shore, pictured, in direct line of his march, and when he made landfall with just a few boats, we just murdered him.

If all the captains are killed, it's basically in the bag. All their recruits simply return to their hometowns and go back to farming, and do not go on offense any longer, so it was just and easy-going cleanup after that point. Problem is, this match relied on cheese to isolate Jos from his army. I don't know if the other scenarios like it have such a convenient weak point....
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