Posted: December 25
So, some chilly cold Sunday afternoon somewhere in mid November i look back on my glory days of when my Swedish Empire ruled the world...and decided to see if i could do it again.
Denmark fell first, with it bringing me control of the trade ports and commerce going in and out of the baltic, meaning that at any time, I could strangle out the wealth of Prussia, Poland and Russia, as they all stand in my way of winning the campaign and becoming the domininant force of the North. The conquest of Denmark also meant my borders now touched the north sea via recently subjugated Norway.
Now I turn eyes to Poland, who are already at war with my other enemy Prussia, while also at war with Austria, though it seems Austria and Prussia are experiencing hostilities making it a bloody 3 way conflict, something i aimed to turn to my advantage. I figured on taking the territories i needed and then ensuing peace with them so that they can primarily focus on the Germans, and if the Prussians are weakened enough, go for Brandenburg, if not, go for Russia.
As it turns out, my invasion of Poland did not go so smoothly, as I was engaged with repeated revolts from Patriots who will not settle down to the Swedish Banner flying above Warsaw, who can blame them really? It's land and honour at stake. But this mean't my recovery process for my armies was delayed along with ratifying a treaty for the Poles since I was not so willing to give any tech away. After a while I settled to give some tech away as I knew i wouldn't be bothering with them any more at least on the international stage, but still, even after the treaty is signed, the Patriots are still giving me grief.
After a while the Peasants finally accepted that their leaders had abandoned them and now the Swedes were the new authority here. FINALLY I thought to myself, now for the biggies. In my past game I went for Prussia, as they were weakened considerably by the Poles and Austrians last time enough for me to sneak in and grab the prize right from their jaws, however in this game, it was not the case, the prussians were still fortified and given that the Austrians were bogged down reclaiming lost lands by them, I decided to focus on Russia instead...I've taken Moscow before, I can do it again.
So, initial invasion went well, so it was full steam ahead to Moscow! However it seems the city was too heavily defended for me to to take out due to a nearby army that was stationed outside providing reinforcements, so i decided to lay siege in attempts to starve them to surrender or at least weak enough for me to engage should they pick a fight, after 2 turns however, they decided to engage with a force still strong enough to outnumber me 2:1.
And so the battle of Moscow played through, though it did bug me how that I WAS ON THE DEFENSIVE o_0. Don't know how that works out but there, anyways I played the battle out, first i suicide charged most of my cavalary into their own cavalary which had inf and cannon support (not my brightest idea but i figured i could pick their numbers out and their most dangerous for my main force to handle). After a while the Russians ended up doing what it looked like a mass route, who seemed to have all panicked when they were unable to break my defensive positions, along with the fact i was able to slaughter their weakened cavalary with my own inf.
The remenants of their force was made of 1 cavalary, 1 line infantry, and a bunch of cannons that took positions in a narrow ridge. Had to rely on inf. as my cavs were all dead from my earlier suicide attack I mentioned. So I first charged in with some inf, but were seriously weakened by shrapnel shots from the cannons of my enemy, and even though they reached their positions, ended up routing, my inf i placed on a hill in attempt to pick them off didnt help either as the terrain didnt offer a good enough LOS for most of my men to fire. So after a second attack on the flank, with the enemy occupied with targeting my men on the hill i was able to finally silence those annoying cannons, their remaining cavalary tried to help but with support of other regiments of line inf i was able to force the last of their units to route, and seal the fate of Moskva.
I know it is probably more of a battle experience that belongs in the community forums rather than being written as a review, but i figured that you should read this and get the feels for the scale of the game before buying it, but, don't worry its not too difficult, you should have the rough and jagged parts of it worked out within a day at least i say. I think that is why I love this game, such a scope that ok, may look a bt confusing within the first hours for the newcomers but honestly, you will manage it :), and soon you will be on your own grand campaign to be the dominant 18th century superpower, like my glorious Sverige!