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How is everyone getting on with Rome 2?At first I had real issues with it. Both technically on my PC and from a purest Total War fan point of view. I come from having played hundreds of hours of TW from Rome 1 to Shogun 2 (Fall of the Samurai probably being my favourite). Anyway, there is a huge discussion with what went wrong with Rome 2, which I won't bore you with. You can head over to the Creative Assembly forums for that sort of thing.Anyway, I parked the game initially, waiting for the many patches they have applied to the game and I recently reinstalled it and installed a mod called "Divide et impera" which makes a lot of the default aspects of the game much improved, it also makes it more challenging.So I thought, here I am playing a Britannia campaign in R2 and I'm also listening to the podcasts from the start again - why not try to record my campaign on the forums, in a sort of narrative. Now I'm not an amazing writer, my sure my prose, grammar, spelling and the like are terrible and for that I apologise in advance. Hopefully you find it fun to read.NOTE: When starting this I'm already a good few turns into this campaign, so these early writings are all from memory - timelines are squished, battles are over-exaggerated I'm sure, with the history being written from one point of view and as I've started this on my work PC, I don't have the exact date/time details as well as recalling the exact names of things for this first log. It also jumps from a 3rd and 1st person perspective, so sorry for that - mostly due to starting ti at lunch and coming back to it whilst noone is looking :)I promise to include screenshots and more details as I catch up to where I'm actually at in real-time (I'm playing once a week, so it's quite a slow campaign).============================================================================================BEGINNINGSSo, I started a new Grand Campaign as the Iceni (on Hard difficulty*) on my beloved island paradise. At the start I commanded the large settlement of Camulodunum. To the west a very friendly tribe is settled in Cornwall (I can't recall the names of all settlements off the top of my head, so will update when I'm home) as well as moderately happy tribe in Wales. I also have knowledge of a dastardly treacherous tribe in the north and beyond that some wildlings in Scotland (yet to discover Ireland at this point IIRC).My first port of call was to not fall into the mistake of making too many enemies close to home. So I sent my diplomats with caravans of treasure to the Cornish tribes in an attempt to charm and woe them. This tactic worked and they became allies in writing as well as blood. Off the back of such a victory I moved to the Welsh, a hard bunch to judge, and sought a friendly relationship. Stubborn as they were, I managed to broker a peace and an agreement in trade for our two tribes.With my nearest rivals tamed, I spent the next few years training my hordes for the conquest of Britannia. Finally with the economy in good order, my people happy with the administration of their lands, and my neighbours joyously trading goods, I ventured my armies north into the unknown.WAR!My armies advanced north in a forced march until we found ourselves squeezed between the ghostly forests of what I can only assume was the Dales and Moors of Yorkshire. Nervous soldiery and a spout of plague led to a few desertions, but from what I refer to as "ambush country", we emerged relatively unscathed. All was well as we reorganized the hordes, until an scout returned with news of a settlement and army just north of us. Eborakum - was its name, defended by two northern armies much like my own, only more weathered. "There's no going back now" and sending my scout on ahead with orders to sabotage what he could in the enemy settlement, I marched to War......and so it was the 1st Battle of Eborakum was fought between 2500 of my finest warriors and slingers versus 2500+2000 reinforcements of the northern combined armies. The battle was both long and bloody. I positioned my army as one big double line with slingers in the front, backed up by my sword and pike (stabby stick) melee units. In reserve I held back a single sword, stabby stick and slinger unit. Not much of a backup, but if I didn't retain a strong front, I knew the enemy could roll me up if they combined with their reinforcement army and came at me in a giant mass. With my general placed just behind, in the centre of my forces, I awaited the opposing forces, peering nervously through the morning mist of the Yorkshire plains.The attack came swiftly and with a fair amount of chaos. My slingers were able to get off a fair few well-aimed shots before I started to filter my melee units towards the front to afford my ranged units some cover as they continued to barrage the enemy. As the melee units started to clash my general sounded off an inspiring roar to give the men courage in what were unfavourable odds. The enemy, having bolstered their army to almost twice that of my forces, started to squeeze the flanks a bit. So I pulled my flanks back and around and my army was able to form a crescent moon formation with my ranged units tucked in the middle able to give all-round fire. The battle ranged on for roughly 30 more minutes until I realised this could only ever be a valiant defeat in the best case scenario for my outnumbered and tired lads. Outnumbered and with my slingers low on ammo, I knew my men had fought well and deserved the chance to fight another day, before they inevitably get overrun. Ordering a withdraw, my men ran for the hills and the battle was over. The north had been victorious, but this was just one battle, the war had just begun.1st Battle of Eborakum - Valiant DefeatIceni - Losses: 1400Northern Tribes- Losses: 2300So not all doom and gloom then. We effectively wiped out one whole army of their forces, whilst losing just over half of our own, I'd like to think my tactics had something to do with that, as well the high morale and skill of the men under my command.We fell back to the forests to lick our wounds, regroup and to give me time to think about our next move in this roadblock for the conquest of the north...(Tune in soon for the next exciting installment of Total War - Iceni Tales) * Although I found Hard in vanilla Rome 2 to be easy, Hard with the DeI mod hard. I installed it initially and experimented with Rome and almost all my neighbouring factions declared war on me at once as I started my first few turns being quite aggressive up the Italian mainland, and they beat me into oblivion. Possibly the shortest games of TW I've ever played.