The Drunkard

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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.
  15. I came to that conclusion because the things I bolded are things taken from the show and the middle paragraph in my post addresses how they are not accurate descriptions of what happened in ASOIAF. The rest of my post addresses your other points regarding Stannis and what I think is likely to bring him down.
  16. I think it will. The nature of her visions makes it hard to disprove what she already believes, as they never seem to give clear answers and require her to try to fit a narrative to what she's seeing, which allows for her own confirmation bias to slip in. And if Stannis wins at Winterfell and becomes more focused on the Wall and its defense, he'll probably appear in the flames with even greater frequency simply because he's involved in the events she's focusing on. If he makes a show of being Azor Ahai while doing it, and that's what she sees, it'd be natural for her to keep believing it. If she also sees visions of Jon, she could easily write them off as R'hllor showing her someone important to Azor Ahai.
  17. If you assume the majority of noblemen are essentially just self-serving, fair weather friend assholes it makes sense. Renly was very popular in the south and very powerful with the backing of Mace Tyrell, whereas the Lannister regime running King's Landing was deeply unpopular and already weakened by rebellion. Like Davos points out, most of those lords and knights were happy to join Stannis as soon as he was on the rise, despite planning to kill him a few days prior.
  18. I actually agree with you that trusting in Melisandre will eventually destroy him, but dying at Winterfell isn't that. He's not marching against Roose because R'hllor wills it or because Melisandre saw it in the flames, he's doing it for clear, strategic reasons that could be entirely divorced from Melisandre - the Others are coming, he wants to fight them, he needs the North to do that. The one thing she is (unintentionally) misleading him with is his status as Azor Ahai. She's made him think that is it up to him and him alone to lead the fight against the Others, and he's the sort of person to never surrender and to take any measure he thinks necessary to win that fight, which is what I imagine will inevitably destroy him, not a mundane fight against a mundane enemy. But the bolded makes it sound like you're more informed by the show than the books. The only people burned on Dragonstone were Sunglass, who broke the feudal contract, the Rambtons, who attacked Stannis' men, and Alester Florent, who wanted to use his position as Hand to force a secret surrender. Whether or not you think any of those punishments were justified, all of them were punished for clear legal reasons, not because Melisandre demanded it or said it was some sort of prophetic necessity. As to the Wall, she hadn't even identified the Wall as the place to be, it was Davos' argument that Stannis should defend his kingdom to prove himself king that made him sail north. In neither case was he muddled by prophecy or w/e. It's also not a case of him slowly more dependent on her, either, given he was at his most trusting midway through ACOK ("her flames do not lie") but has since balanced that out with his usual scepticism ("the flames are full of tricks"). What is changing is the severity of his circumstances. In ASOS he could delay and delay over whether or not the risk of Melisandre being correct justified Edric's sacrifice because he wasn't faced with any immediate danger. When the Others invade, and if he's lost all hope of beating them through normal means, then he will feel forced to commit to her prophecy, and that would be his downfall.
  19. It's mainly the nobility that doesn't like him (and vice versa). Asha makes note of the fact that even though the noblemen are grumbling and worried about the march to Winterfell, the soldiers have faith in Stannis. So, even when marching through a snowstorm, with provisions rapidly disappearing, against an incredibly strong castle housing an army that outnumbers their own, the common men trust Stannis to give them victory. That always reminded me of a passage about Tiberius in I, Claudius where it's mentioned that even though Tiberius is a bit of a cunt, soldiers would much rather have him in command as opposed to someone likeable and pleasing, because they could trust Tiberius to give them victories, consistent standards of disciplines (both for the grunts and the officers), and fair rewards. I'm looking forward to TWOW partly to see how well Tarly does in battle. Of the battles we know he fought in, he won one indecisive victory against Robert leading the Tyrell vanguard, he was a subcommander at the Blackwater, and he was sole commander of the battle against the northern force Roose sent to die (and his casualties there were notably high). None of those examples are that impressive, yet he's reputedly one of the best commanders in the south, so hopefully he gets to show that for/against Jon Connington (or Euron potentially).
  20. I'm being bullied in Age of Charlemagne. Started a Lombard campaign and it initially went well, but then the Theme of Sicily declared war on a vassal so I had to focus on southern Italy, then the Pope took Ravenna off me, then a civil war started (and they took a city on the other side of my kingdom from my armies) which is wrecking my morale and public order, and then Charlemagne declares war on me and rolls into Lombardy with 4 and a half stacks. I'm going to have to abandon my vassals to Sicily to defeat the rebels and Charlemagne, but I'll probably lose my capital at Pavia since Charlemagne has all his stacks nearby and has it under siege. I bribed Bavaria, Croatia and Venice into joining me against the Franks but I'm not sure how much they'll actually do.
  21. I disagree completely. Stannis isn't going to order his men to march south in the immediate future. He's made it clear to Jon that he must save the realm from the Others before taking the throne and that to do otherwise would be putting the cart before the horse - that conclusion was essentially the culmination of his ASOS story (that, and pushing him towards utilitarianism over deontology if the situation is dire enough). His plans since arriving at the Wall have all centred on that goal of defeating the Others - binding the wildlings and northmen to him, repairing and garrisoning each castle along the Wall, lighting nightfires before every gate as some sort of magical protection, shipping in obsidian to forge weapons, and so on. If/when he defeats the Boltons and takes Winterfell he'll be in a position to enact these plans. He'll have secured his southern flank, gained thousands more men and have essentially unlimited funds courtesy of the Iron Bank. He won't suddenly forget the importance of the Others and go on a southern crusade, he'll return to the Wall (or what's left of it) and try to defeat the Others ("the foe I was born to fight"). Additionally, regarding northern opinions of Stannis, characters in the story don't share this "well I'll help him for now but once we've won, fuck him". The anti-Bolton northmen were essentially impotent before he arrived. The mountain clans were too quarrelsome and divided to unite against Roose (or even Asha's weak, 200-something garrison at Deepwood Motte). The survivors of Rodrik's host had no one to rally around, nor did the common people ("fisherfolk, freeriders, hillmen, crofters from the deep of the wolfswood and villagers who fled their homes along the stony shore to escape the ironmen"), and even Manderly was unwilling to act until he had a rival Stark (which he requires Stannis' Hand for). His leadership is what has turned them into a fighting force capable of standing up to the Boltons. He saved the Wall and prevented a wildling invasion, he united the quarrelsome mountain clans, he drove the ironborn from Deepwood Motte, he rallied the survivors of Rodrik's host and the common people who lacked a protector, and he will, potentially, defeat the Freys and Boltons in some fairly spectacular victories, before focusing his attention on saving the realm from omnicidal invasion. They have no reason to turn on him and every reason to express their loyalty, which has thus far been the case of those following him.
  22. The author Paolo Bacigalupi is a Fallout fan, apparently. Been reading The Water Knife, set in the American southwest during some major worldwide drought as different semi-legal groups fight for control over rivers and dams in a dystopian future, which immediately brought some New Vegas thoughts into my head. Then he mentions the existence of a Fallout 9 game, and later mentions a tv character known as the Burned Man.
  23. I think Chaos operates as normal when not playing Norsca. I'm at a similar point, but I might run two saves and see how each decision goes. I'm the only one left to really challenge Chaos, but then again I've never seen Chaos survive long enough to make it into the dwarven/orc area, so it'll be interesting to see how they fare against them. Skaven look cool, but I'll probably never play them. The further the factions stray from being human the less interest I seem to have. (still hoping for Kislev and Tilea/Estalia factions at some point)
  24. Chaos are actually triggered by Norsca maxing out devotion to one of the gods (the others get locked out, fyi).