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1. What are the common terminologies and shorthand for Total War: Shogun 2?
2. Is there a way to access the Shogun2 Encyclopedia other than in the game?
3. What is replenishment, how do I manage it and how can I improve it?
4. Any general tips to winning battles?
5. What is this "Food Surplus" I see beside Funds and Income?
6. Do we need to keep an eye on population growth for upgrading Castles?
7. What's the difference between the Yari Ashigaru Garrison and the regular Yari Ashigaru?
8. What's the difference between Yari/Bow Ashigaru and Yari/Bow Samurai?
9. Can you provide a quick rundown in the differences between the melee cavalry types?
10: What are the balloons on the backs of my General's Bodyguard Unit?
11: What are the specific bonuses for experience levels?
12: My clan's children come of age at different ages. What's going on?
13: What are the differences between the difficulty levels?
14. Which is better, a highly experienced Bow Ashigaru or an inexperienced Bow Samurai?
15. The Encyclopedia shows only base stats. How do I find what bonuses are for individual units?
16. What are the requirements for training Warrior Monks?
17. What benefits do I get from converting to Christianity?
18. Do units have reduced upkeep costs when they suffer any losses?
19. What are Hero Units?
20. How do I get my troops to move across the map without screwing up my formation?
21. Can you destroy a building in your city and build something else?
22. It takes forever to master Arts! Is there any way to make it faster?
23. What is Realm Divide?
24. What are the major special abilities and how to use them effectively?
25. What is the end date for the game?
26. It seems that some structures require certain materials before constructing. Where can I get those?
27. How do I get Warrior Monks/Heroes/Guards/Geisha?
28. Can Total War: Shogun 2 run on Apple's Mac computers?
29. What are the minimum system requirements for Total War: Shogun 2?
30. How do I become Shogun?
31. What are Naginata Samurai's uses?
32. What are the uses of No-Dachi Samurai?
33. There are so many units, how do I know which one's good for which?
34. What are Samurai Retainers and Onna Bushi?
35. Which Cavalry units are faster/ lighter and suitable for chasing down routing units?
36. I've suffered losses to my fleet. How do I replenish?
37. I noticed some icons at the top left corner of a unit card in Recruitment Tab. What are they?
38. What's the difference between the Armour and Defence Skill stats?
39. My agents keeping failing their missions. How can I make them level up?
40. How do I get Imported Matchlock Ashigaru, how do I get Matchlock Ashigaru and Matchlock Samurai?
41. My units seem to be "losing" experience, what's going on?
42. What are Character Retinue?
43. What are the benefits of arranging a marriage between your own and another clan?
44. What penalties would I gain if I broke alliance with a clan that asked for my help?
45. The enemy has a fleet in their port. How do I attack it?
46. How do I upgrade my existing units?
47. How do characters' experience work?
48. What does the Character Conversion do?
49. Where are the Naginata Warrior Monk Cavalry?
50. Do my vassal clans made after Realm Divide suffer the same effects as those made before?
51. My ships take whole turns just to embark/disembark armies and agents! Is there way to do this faster?
52. How does the arts mastery rate bonus work?
53. I found a website that emulates the Encyclopedia. Why does it contradict some of the contents here?
54. I keep getting this "Dishonouring Treaties" trait. What is that?
55. What are the yellow stars beside the characters and what do they represent?
56. Does a Metsuke still counterspy/detect enemy agents in the region if he is in the regions settlement?
57. What is a Spy network and what does it do?
58. Is it possible to change what retainers are available? Are we limited to the 2 options we are given? Do they randomize the next turn if we don't pick one? is it possible to switch them to another character?
59. What are some basic tips for diplomacy?
60. Do agents' effects in towns and armies stack?
61. What are Clan Effects, Events and Dilemmas?
62. How can I stop routing enemy ships?
63. What is Loyalty/Honour and how do I raise it?
64. Does the Artisan building chain benefit matchlock units?
65. 65.How do Generals gain experience?
66. How do Reinforcements work?
67. After fighting some of my units disappear.
68. My general seems very weak on the battlefield. What can I do to maximize his effectiveness?
69. What are trade nodes, what do they do and how do I use them?
70. There are patches for the game, how do I install them?
71. After Patch 2 in the Encyclopedia there are some new units shown. What are they?
72. How come my bonuses don't seem to add up?
73. I got an event called the Black Ship. What is this and what can I do?
74. Can I change the campaign difficulty when I've already started it?
75. What's in the Sengoku Jidai DLC pack?
76. How do you engage in Night Battles?
77. What is Rise of he Samurai?
78. What chances occurred with the agents in the RotS Campaigns?
79. What is Allegiance?
80. What's been changed in respect to the units?
81. I destroyed a clan by taking it's last province, but why do they still have armies around?
82. I can recruit units with a large amount of bonus experience, but I can't see to figure out why.
83. What are the clan-specific variants for the units?
84. What is Fall of the Samurai?