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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Conquering of Rose - A Guide


Hello viewers!
I'm glad to report in that I had the chance to get some serious Lords of the Realm II time in last night. I attempted to re-play the game without any source of knowledge, but I quickly found out that I had forgotten a few important aspects of the game. Such as, making sure you have enough farmers planting wheat in the winter, otherwise you'll be starving for a year!

(View of Town Centre and Workers)
Your first priority should be making your people as happy as possible. Happiness of your county's villagers is key to having a successful game. Otherwise, people may riot and fight against your soldiers. When I need happiness to go up, I put tax at 0% to add 5 hearts of happiness. Once you reach 100% happiness, (depending on your county health and food), you can raise tax to even out every turn so that your happiness never drops from 100% but you still get tax money from your people. I usually have perfect health, and normal rations which is + 2. Therefore I can raise taxes to 7% (which is -2 hearts.) The +2 and the -2 cancel each other out, leaving full happiness in your county.

About food, I typically stick to just wheat. As a default, the game starts you out with cow fields. What it doesn't tell you ahead is that cows need tending ALL YEAR. The wheat only needs a ton of workers during harvest/planting. In between, you can move workers around the town to make weapons, mine, etc. Having workers doing other things will help out later when you need supplies to create things.
 
It's really nice making your own weapons instead of buying them. That way, you always have reserve money for emergency sieges of your county, and you can purchase mercenaries instead of drafting your towns people. Drafts not only significantly lower your town's happiness, but it also decreases population. Lower population means fewer workers. YOU WANT AS MANY WORKERS AS POSSIBLE. 

Draft mercenaries WHENEVER you can, and then combine them to your regular armies. (You can't combine armies of mercenaries if they are from different backgrounds.) NEVER create an army lacking weapons. Armies filled with peasants will fall easily. They're virtually unarmed, and unprotected. I've had 100 pike-men destroy 300 peasants and only lose a few men. Peasant-Army = BIG NO-NO

Another topic I really wanted to talk about was battle. On field battle is basically the best part of the game. It's where your hard work shows on the field against your enemies. If you're just doing field battle (no castle sieges) a good technique to always use is with archers and pike-men. Archers have the ability to attack enemies without being attacked themselves. (If they're at a distance of course.) I found that using pike-men as a barrier around archers is a great way to win a battle , especially if you're outnumbered. The pike-men have a high damage tolerance, and also dish out a lot of damage. The archers will be free to shoot whomever you direct them to, and be safe and sound!

 (An example of this tactic, but with knights on horses)


 Castle Sieges are the most exciting battles. One team if on the offense to take over the castle and siege control of the county, while the other teams attempts to halt the invading soldiers. Offensive armies will have either Catapults, Battering Rams, or Siege Towers. I only use 2 battering rams. (1 extra) I found success by moving all of my soldiers south to avoid arrows. Then I move my battering ram up to the door alone and let it take down all the doors in the castle. After that you can rush knights directly to the flag (kill all the people, or capture the flag to win) and have a lot of archers follow in behind them. This tactic is almost always successful unless you're low on soldiers.

(Pouring boiling oil across moat, onto soldiers)
If you're on the defense, you want to have all your archers on enemy-populated sides of the castle. If your enemy only has a battering ram, you only need to worry about the front. (They can't enter any other way.) Special weapons you get are huge cauldrons of boiling oil. Okay seriously, how cool is that! Pouring boiling onto a group of invading soldiers is HIGHLY effective. (pic above) Also, make sure you surround the entrance to your flag with oil cauldrons as a last resort to save the castle.

That about wraps up this post. I'm working on video recording so I can get some live play with tips. I'm planning on using the Fraps software since I've heard a lot of good things about it. If anyone has other opinions please feel free to comment and fill me in. Thanks for reading!
- Adude321



 

28 comments:

  1. I had never heard of this game before . Now i am definitely going to check it out.

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  2. nostalgic alarm ^^
    nice blog +1

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  3. dang this game is SUPER old
    @Mekkor i know right!?

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  4. This game is the definition of ancient! Hey but whatever is fun! following+

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  5. First time hearing about this game and I normally consider myself quite aware of nostaligia games XD wil check it out!

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  6. This game looks awesome. I remember back is DOS days I used to play the old-school games alot. I still do!

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  7. Man, that game is really old hahaha. Never played it, but I've seen it before

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  8. is it abandonware or there is still an option to buy it?

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  9. I haven't played this game but I might just have to check it out, looks good :)

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  10. When you're done with this one, you might wanna go with the AOE2. ;)

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  11. To buy it, you basically have to go to sites like ebay, amazon, etc. It's still very possible to find it brand new. But you'll be paying around $80-$100

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  12. wow this game is so old, I've never even heard about it, but I'll look into it!

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  13. is this like before age of empires and all that, looks similar

    +followed

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  14. it's and old game but certainly a gold one! nice post!

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  15. Was disappointed when it read Lord of the realms as opposed to lord of the rings. It still looks interesting though.

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  16. good tips-i'm following now.

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  17. Oh my, I remember this game, I used to be awesome :)

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  18. being a game designer i appreciate this article, keep it up!

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  19. I want to play this game SO BADLY. I got it somwhere, thanks God. You made my day : )

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  20. This game looks rad, never even heard of it though. I'm gonna have to dl it.

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  21. With the advancement in technology, you'd think game like this would fade. Glad I'm not the only person the remembers this game.

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  22. Nice guide, might check this game out.

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  23. I love this guide. +follow

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  24. Never seen or heard about this game! Did I miss something? +follow!

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  25. This is old but it never got old. Thanks for making me remember this!

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  26. never seen this game, pretty cool

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  27. blast from the past or what :D

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