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Games: Gettin' medieval on it

I took a break from Medieval 2:Total War a couple of weeks ago when my watchtowers to the southeast of Zagreb showed the Mongols just cresting a ridge in some mountain pass in the direction of modern Romania (their generals bristling with command stars). I figured such a development would require more attention (especially with Venice and Denmark hounding me at the same time :/) than real life was going to allow me to devote to it at that time. With the kids freshly off on a trip with their mom for a week, however, I expect I will get back into it shortly.

I have toyed with handing Zagreb off to another country, improving my relations with the unsuspecting beneficiary and buying myself time to build up, but I think that is just delaying the inevitable. And, really, Venice is about the only country that could make good use of a province in that area, and the young Doge hates me entirely too much to accept such an offer. I think my best bet is to send a spy back over that ridge to collect some more information on the Mongol holdings, while rerouting the assassins I have in the area to see if they can winnow down some of the Mongol leadership before we meet on the battlefield. I also need to beat down Venice so they are off my back. I don't really want to get involved in wiping them out completely, but I may have to take at least one more province from them to keep them away from Zagreb and the Italian peninsula while this is going on.

From everything I have heard, the Mongols will be a pita with all those nice mounted archers. They'll do a lot of damage if left alone, and they'll scatter when you charge. That part is pretty much like any archers... except I can't just run them down with my cavalry since they are mounted themselves, the wily so-and-so's. I'll 'speriment with devoting some cavalry to keeping them churning, with catching them between two sets of cavalry, etc., etc. It is going to be messy for a while. ^_^7 I can take a wait-and-see approach to a certain extent, since I don't expect that they will be effective against my cities, but I can't really leave them roving around my provinces... they'll hurt production and force me to keep more forces tied up in defensive positions than I like.

If my spies can identify some of their cities to the east, I'll see if I can get the Pope to call a Crusade on one of them. That might get the nations around me off my back since they would end up at war with the Mongols, as well.

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wyndie
Sep. 3rd, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hi hi :^) Saw that you friended me :^) Added you back. Nothing real exciting in my journal lol. Hope you don't mind long rambly posts, cuz if so, you're in for a real treat! :^D
noisyparker
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
no problem! It just seemed to me like you were going through a lot of stuff lately and I wanted to see how you were doing. :)
wyndie
Sep. 10th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Guess what! Our admin at work found me a typing tutor :^D I can type a paltry 50 wpm. lmao. If you are interested, I can send you a zip file with the program in it :^D
noisyparker
Sep. 10th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
I am sure I could turn something up here... there just doesn't seem much point.

By the way, did you get a beta invite for Tabula Rasa? I have recently started fiddling with that a bit and I have been wondering who else might be there.
wyndie
Sep. 10th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Aww. Okay :^)

Well I got a preorder thingie that gives Beta Access. I'm guessing that's the same thing. I saw some of the previews. But to be honest. It's gotta be one game at a time for us. Are you allowed to send screenshots? I'd be interested to see some.

What do you think of it so far? The only thing I've heard about it is that the character creation sucks compared to CoH.
noisyparker
Sep. 10th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
soitenly... the NDA was lifted, so no worries there. I made one post to the 2-member LJ community with one, in fact. :)

I also have some more I have been showing to a friend who was curious about the character designs. That directory may go away in the future when I notice it later, but they do tend to linger. :/

As for one game at a time, I don't think I could just switch subscription games like that w/o checking it out first. Since they are mainly in that "load testing" part of the beta process, I am looking at the rest of the beta period as a free trial as much as anything else. ^_^7
wyndie
Sep. 10th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't want to switch games without one helluva reason first. The graphics look awesome which means my laptop would probably hate me even more than it does now.

How do you feel about the game interface. I was noticing it looked like weapon choice on the left and ...inventory? on the right.

How do you like the story lines so far?

I just now checked it out and saw that the pre-order is only $5.00! That makes it a little more enticing. grrr. lol
noisyparker
Sep. 10th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
The right set are abilities you can use... such as your oobie-doobie Logos powers. :)

You can select which item is active in a tray by using the number key for it, or Q to cycle within the left set, and E to cycle the right set. You are pretty much in mouselook mode unless you bring up your back or some other window you need your cursor for. That is very different than CoH, say, but I found it pretty easy to get used to. The biggest adaptation problem I have is click-holding the right mousebutton key by habit. That fires off the ability you have selected in that right menu so I can sometimes waste my Logos juice without meaning to. I try to keep it on the Lightning since that doesn't go off without a valid target (plus, it is a nice attack that can jump between badmens :) ).

The story lines are fine, really. I have been soloing away so I have been indulging my desire to reading all the mission text and click on all the computers and terminals I come across so I can read those, too. There is a lot of humor built into the game, too, which I like. There are also some ethical choices you have to make in some missions, which is an interesting touch.

There was some of that detail they put in a mission arc I was running last night with an apparently-unqualified guy who is nonetheless the ranking xenobiologist at a site:

"Oh, say, you really hooked me up with those Fithik spleens. Apparently that was a good thing. Now they want pincers from those giant spidery things. What are they called again? Xanx! That's what they are.
Yeah, bring me like four of those. Four should be good. I'll ship them off as soon as you get back. I've got a box just waiting for them.
See, I'm getting better at this."
:3
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