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Old 10-09-2019, 10:56   #71
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I can understand the part about the embargo. If you manage to defeat Matrix, I guess, no one else will have a relevant chance of winning this...

Good luck for freeing my cities from the evil ones ;-)
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Old 10-09-2019, 14:02   #72
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The embargo hasn't completely got to Propain yet. I generously offered to take all his extra resources so I didn't land on him next.

The Malinese Expeditionary Force is just about done and ready for a new contract. I have half a mind to just dump it all on PP since he's ~5 turns away including the capture of Mali's last hold. I could also do a 2-shipments run by way of the oceanic islands, which would give me the flexibility to act anywhere in ~15 turns.



My first thought was to outflank Matrix with the MEF in Rome while I kept him occupied reinforcing the East, but he suicided his army. PP is the most convenient target, Mongolia is the most lucrative with a size 15 city begging for a forbidden palace and spices+corn on the N coast ready to be seized. I'm still on the fence.



Unless I suicide either one of my stacks, this game is now all but won. I just need to mop up 2/3 of the land area.
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Old 11-09-2019, 22:01   #73
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1500 AD report, turn 210

Situation Report of the World:

Demographics matter less each turn. Still looks nice! But we're past that now.



Mali dies next turn.



He's asking me to wait 1 turn so he can settle a GA-fueled last resort, which I'll let him do, and then end his suffering.



Killer has gifted his military to his Imperial Holiness:



So that he may keep waging war on me. He'll need it but it will be short-lived. His main force has been eliminated almost to the last elephant.



The scientific advancements of the world:



Things to notice from the tech screen:
  • Matrix went Paper, then Navigation, and just got done. He has 1 galley in Har which I am ready to take out with a frigate.
  • ProPain recently researched Feudalism, still 2 techs from samurai.
  • Killer has gunpowder and musketeers. My muskets have pinch (+25% vs gunpowder) from a quest so that's all good.
  • Sami Khan hasn't researched anything in a while, his last 2 being CoL and optics. Betting he went Astro.

What the world leaders are up to:

No more deals. Maarten said so.

You're demanding a lot of resources to not attack me ... let's stall a bit

Let me live? 1 turn?

Why would I want to fight you? Matrix will do it for me with my own units

Look! My army speaks French

What the castes are doing for YOU:

The scientist caste got us to cannons first. We are in position to switch into Theocracy and Feudalism for +4 XP, just waiting on a Taj Mahal GA.

The jewish Holy City will get back up in 2 turns, and Versailles in 3, which will ensure funding for generations of researchers to come. It will also come 2 turns faster than Matrix's Versailles, allowing me to steal his treasury for fail gold when that happens.



The religious caste built us colonies all over the oceans which are now all saturated with as many people as we dare stuff. Health concerns will be resolved shortly.






The military caste's successes have launched us into the final, "World War Beorn" phase of the game. The once mighty Stralish are down to the bone. With most of the non-essential French military personel waving Stralish flags, I'm over 2x their respective strengths. Even if they combined their entire forces together in 1 spot, I'm confident I could cannon them down to a pulp.



Heroic Epic comes online in 2 turns @Labrador, meaning I'll reinforce by 1 musket or cannon every 1.5 turns. The game wasn't completely done for before the war, but Matrix sending his army on a musket fort sealed the deal.
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Mali is now all re-branded with names from my native Beauce-Appalaches region, and the cherry on top: Versailles



I knew Matrix was building it as well, (his would have gone up in 1 or 2 turns) from a spy points blunder he made last week:



Which means he converted it into fail gold:



For which I have 2 spies in place waiting to steal treasurOH GOD DAMNIT





On the bright side, Versailles bumped my economy nearly 150 GPT. Good consolation prize.

Next major offensive in 3 turns.
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Old 18-09-2019, 23:24   #75
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The Matrix, reloaded.

His Imperial Holiness has been able to refurbish his army with the lot of Killer's obsolete catapults and shiny new musketeers. I have stayed at war with Matrix while Killer declined to join, opting instead to collaborate in the strongest possible terms to a sort of ... French Resistance.



Beca had been bombarded to 0, its units collateral'd to 20-40% HP. Lacking the manpower to swipe it in 1 turn, I was basically farming XP on it. The woods 3 + medic 3 duo of great generals means I can keep at it for a LONG time, with Killer's roads to bring reinforcements in.

Still, when he ran short on troops, Matrix took to the back door and Killer made it his own. Bummer. On the bright side, it means I get more roads to reinforce faster - which I am fully taking advantage of.

The siege of Goon should be quite expeditive. Whether Matrix pulls a city trade again or not, his capital is next down the line.

Oh, and Rifling in 2
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