I am really enjoying this game, certainly more on the "squad" level than Battalion, but I am still learning but I have passed the steep curve and I am on the home straight!

And I may be wrong on this, but there are over 170 scenarios to play. The campaigns must be massive!

 

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Comment by Gerard Snitselaar on March 20, 2011 at 3:27am
You should check out the campaign series ladder at theblitz.org if you want to get some PBEM games in.

John Tiller has a new series he is working on called Panzer Battles that will be at the same scale as the Campaign Series. It will be interesting to see how they turn out.
Comment by Roger Morley on January 22, 2011 at 7:00pm

To be honest, this is the only John Tiller game I have really played, or at least aware that it is his game. I know he has done games which have been published by HPS, but I have never really gotten into them enough to be able to make any useful comparisons.

The Campaign Series (CS) and other games of this type, certainly seem to have more going on under the hood than what RTW has, even though RTW is a more classy and polished game. CS units have 6 different attributes which have to be considered and these can have a serious bearing of what actions you take with the units involved.

the mechanics are different too, as the tactical battles on RTW are real time, CS plays like a board war game, IGOUGO, the interface on CS is not as user friendly, and the some of the units are difficult to see in certain terrains.

One part of RTW which I have not really worked out is why some towns have an unhappy population. This is even after you have built everything possible and have very low tax rates...bloody roman plebs! lol

With the 2 games side by side, I will always go for RTW over CS.

Comment by Anthony Hicks on January 22, 2011 at 6:28pm
Bringing our discussion back to the beginning, how does John Tiller's games compare with those discussed? They seem to be more combat-related and to be updated versions of his older works.
Comment by Roger Morley on January 22, 2011 at 6:28pm

You are spot on about that. I was able to run medieval total on my 6 year old laptop, and even when the laptop was new, it was just a standard laptop. Which is just as well for both laptop and my 4 year old single core processor on my main PC, as the cost of some of these graphic cards are just silly money.

I know RTW has the management side of the towns included, but I find it great that you can have as much or as little to do with the running of these as you want, simply by automating the management of towns. I just found it had a nice linear learning curve to it.

Comment by Anthony Hicks on January 22, 2011 at 6:07pm
Yes, and while it has good graphics, it does not require the latest, greatest, gazillion dollar video card to run it. It ran fine on my not so new computer.
Comment by Roger Morley on January 22, 2011 at 6:02pm

It is the combined copy I have, and I must admit, it is one game I will always have on my hard drive. The replay-ability of it is just something else, the siege battles are second to none, and seeing the "Testudo" being formed in the tactical screens are just impressive.

It is one of the very few games I can honestly say has great playability, great graphics and great replay value.

Comment by Anthony Hicks on January 22, 2011 at 5:55pm
You're making me want to get it all again. I saw a combined copy online (RTW, Barbarian, Alexander) for about $20. I've seen good strategic games with poor tactical sides and good tactical games with poor strategic sides but never one that combines both like RTW does.
Comment by Roger Morley on January 22, 2011 at 5:23pm

Yes, but for some reason I did not play it too much, for the life of me I cannot remember why I never played it much. If I remember, you were set a specific goal to achieve within a certain timescale. I also have the Barbarian expansion too, but I have never played that.

I have medieval total war too....much play that....lol

Comment by Anthony Hicks on January 22, 2011 at 4:34pm
Have you tried the Alexander expansion.
Comment by Roger Morley on January 22, 2011 at 4:15pm
Rome Total War is just awesome. It does take a while to build up your empire, but there is nothing better than taking on an army four times the size of your and kicking their ass with some keen tactics on the battlefield

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