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  1. I don't know, I've never had very long load times in Attila. The only game that's annoyed me was Med 2 and the time it took for the AI to complete their turns. Speaking of, I loved the guns and cannons in Med 2. I don't know if it's the same in Shogun, but I liked that the technological development in Med 2 lead to different styles of warfare, and not just better versions of what I already have.
  2. I returned to my Ostrogoth campaign in Attila. My ally Macedonia, at their peak, controlled about 11 regions in and around Greece (including Constantinople) but they were now getting obliterated by Attila. I sailed three armies up from Africa to assist, but by the time they were ready, Macedonia only controlled Thracia and the southern tip of Greece. I ended up fighting 2 hunnic armies (including Attila's) on this battle map in Dardania that I hadn't seen before. The entire map was on a slant, with a very long, forested hill in the centre, a clearing in front of it, and then another line of trees in front of that. I lured most of their army into the clearing with some cavalry, and then had my infantry charge down the forested hill and partially envelop the huns while they were disorganised, while my archers and hurlers on the top of the hill could fire directly into the clearing. The hunnic cavalry that tried to flank rode straight into groups of spearmen I had hidden on the hill's edges, and were promptly routed. The rest of my cavalry, which was sitting on the other side of the hill, could then ride around and pick off routed units and stragglers with ease. Attila was 'wounded' for the second time, meaning he could only die once more before the huns were defeated. Simultaneously I was fighting the remnants of the Sassanids in Persia. They turned on me while I was fighting in Spain, so I made common cause with the ERE and invaded Persia, liberating dead factions as I went in order to destabilise that entire area. One of my weaker armies (approximately 1/3 was made of mercenaries hired out of desperation) was attacked by two Sassanid armies, approaching at 90 degree angles from one another. The first army came at me across a mostly-flat plain, while the second had to attack up quite a steep slant. I threw the entirety of my infantry and 1/2 of my cavalry at the first Sassanid army, hoping to quickly overwhelm them, while the rest of my cavalry just annoyed the second army and tried to keep them tied down at the base of the slant. I lost a large number of soldiers but was able to rout the first army and reform at the top of the slant just as the second army was reaching it, but even with their greater numbers they couldn't beat my units in an uphill battle. I won, though I took enough losses that I decided to pull out of Persia, but all the Sassanid-opposed factions I had liberated continued my work. Meanwhile Attila was killed for a third and final time in an ignominious battle against a two-region faction in Dacia, so there go the Huns.
  3. I always had a lot of fun doing that, way more than if I tried to be super-pragmatic about everything. It gets really good in the later part of games when you're essentially an autocrat and can shape entire regions of the map according to your whims.
  4. Wasn't the Seed fatal if not handled in a particular way? I thought that story was just a joke about those sort of MacGuffin type sequences where something important (but ultimately not very) passes between a whole bunch of different people in varied, funny ways, not actually foreshadowing something. Like in Pulp Fiction or Guy Ritchie movies. I like the introduction of more modern warfare, incidentally. iirc I haven't read any fantasy books set in that sort of time period.
  5. Season 19? The overarching pussy crushing politically correct theme was funny, and i remember enjoying the individual episode jokes (e.g. ninjas as muslims).
  6. There's a third possible reason, GRRM may have just wanted Aegon's story told from the perspective of an outsider. Davos was created because GRRM wanted someone to tell Stannis' story without making Stannis himself a POV, so it may be the same here.
  7. Yeah that was boring. The only thing I found a little bit funny was the guy in the Master Chief outfit taking part in the march.
  8. You'll be happy/sad to know I brought the True Faith to Constantinople. My other armies got bogged down trying to repress revolts in the Egypt/Ethiopia/Palestine region, so I sailed a lone general into friendly-held Macedonia, hired an army of mercenaries over a couple of turns and then besieged the city. I centred my attack on the northern and central gates, the former of which was taken fairly easily but I lost the latter after they had their cavalry charge at any unit coming through the gates or down the walls. But once my cavalry and pikemen had entered the city from the north, I was able to roll down the map and rout all their units. Their marine units had landed in the meantime and had retreated to the city centre, but my sexy gothic lancers rode them all down.
  9. Started an Ostrogoth campaign in Attila and by the start of turn 3, Flavius Arcadius Augustus was dead. He made the dumb decision to be governor of the first province I attacked. I've since travelled around Greece and southern Italy, liberating factions to harry the Romans while I made the journey down to Carthage. Settled there and converted to Latin Christianity as soon as I arrived, kicked the Romans and African factions out, and now my territory ranges from the westernmost part of Africa to the edge of the Egypt province. I was planning on conquering Spain, but instead I might keep pushing east around the Mediterranean until I reach Constantinople again.
  10. Self-interest would have them side with Stannis. He looks more likely to win, having just gained the majority of Renly's chivalry (and with the news about the infantry yet to reach the city). He has a reputation for taking his duties and obligations very seriously, and they would be doing him a major favour by tipping the scales during the battle, so they could expect reward. He's also known for being stable and responsible, in complete contrast to the Lannister regime, which would be good for their businesses. Plus, if they were Littlefinger's men, they wouldn't want to help Stannis (given that keeping Stannis off the throne has been a consistent motivation for LF). If this entire thing was cooked up by Varys and they weren't planning on helping Stannis at all, they would've blabbed at some point.
  11. Weird that Stellaris is higher rated. I didn't think it had a big following compared to CK2.
  12. Now that's just weird.
  13. It's unlikely but not impossible for him to be defeated in battle by one of the other factions. Major upsets do happen sometimes, and there's also the fact that the larger his army grows, the more immobile and unwieldy it becomes to use. And, with winter coming, a lot of those men will need to be stood down. Plus, I don't get the impression his lords are overly loyal. The one time his cause faced a major setback (Renly's death), 80% of his chivalry jumped ship to the man they were just at war with, a man who reputedly holds a grudge against Mace. If Randyll Tarly hadn't acted as quickly as he had in capturing Stannis' envoys and killing those likely to jump ship, Mace may have lost the corresponding infantry as well. So, I think one or both of those things had a reasonable chance of defeating him. A smaller but more efficient and better led army could deal him a defeat, and his strength might melt away in the aftermath.
  14. Mainly just the stuff involving Jon and Dany (both their relationship and him being the one to convince her of the Others), the alliance between Cersei and Euron, and the downfall of Littlefinger at Sansa's hands. Other than that I don't think much else will be very similar. The southern war won't even be recognisable, and I imagine the northern plot won't be "nothing happens while we wait for Jon to come back" but will involve Stannis to some greater degree. The Vale won't be relegated to northern stooges, the Riverlands aren't going to disappear, etc. In this season in particular, but also in the last two, the show has cut or killed any significant, independent character who isn't a Stark, a Lannister or Dany, and those who haven't been cut or killed are just companions given the occasional line to justify them still being there.