: 6. You'll be attacked from all 4 sides of the city, in the obvious
Where -- or maybe when -- does the attack from the forth side
of the city occur? I recall attacks from near the entry road (the
first attack, a native uprising, and possibly the fourth -- another
native uprising), from near the exit road (two attacks by the
goths, aided by all the natives in the world on the second attack),
and from the gap between the hills on the board edge counterclockwise
from the entry road edge (a native uprising). But I missed having
one on the fourth board edge. When did that occur? (Must be late.)
Not that I wasn't prepared for it. Had a solid wall of towers
waiting for an attack that never came. (I won the game during
the *middle* of the second Gothic attack.)
: 8. When an attack comes, send the nearby legion to the point
of attack and dispatch all the others legions to come inside the
walls. The first legion will pin down the invaders while your
towers and later your javelins slaughter them. Just about the
time the first legion is wiped out, the other three will finally
arrive to finish the job. Do this right, and your main walls will
never be touched. Good luck, though, when the Emperor wants your
troops! Also when you get a local uprising and barbarians at the
Another example of different strokes for different folks. I built
four legionary and two aux inf on that level -- one legionary
for the two sides I noted as only being attacked by natives, and
two near the side that the Goths enter from. I had the aux inf
on the entry road/exit road sides. I placed the legionaries in
square, in front of the walls, with enough space for a aux inf
to slip in between the legionary and the wall. Then I waited for
the bad guys to come to me.
The legions close to the threatened area were near enough to
the walls to allow them to deploy before battle was joined. (This
includes the aux inf, which could move with amazing speed.)
In all cases, the wall/aux inf/legion combo was sufficient to
defeat the attack without taking anything other than trivial casualties.
Worst damage I took was when I dispatched troops for Caesar.
Never had a legion threatened with extinction with the exception
of one aux inf that didn't move fast enough in the Goth's first
attack. It got caught and ground down, losing 3/4th of its strength.
I also *did* move walls around. During the first invasion by
the Goths I built the walls/towers to block them on the farmland.
Later, I put them up near the board edge (where the hills narrow),
and tore down the ones in the farmland.
Legionaries in square seem pretty much invunerable to Gothic
horse archers. Didn't lose any to the horse archers, even during
a prolonged bout when the archers were plinking away at the legionaries
and the tower ballistas were plinking away at the Goths. Eventually,
the ballistas ran out of Goths to shoot at.