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I am veteran of M:TW on forward, though I have not played E:TW or N:TW very much at all. I was deployed during M:TW2 thus it has honestly been quite awhile since I played through an entire TW game, though I have dabbled in them all except the original Shogun (which I will fix someday).
My question though is this, I have never understood the exact differences between the difficulty levels for campaigns and battles. Is there a post somewhere that explains exactly what separates one from the next? I am interested in a challenge, but not at the expense of whatever "realism" or game play can be had. (IE-I would rather play on a level where diplomacy is effective, rather than simply a harder level where everyone hates your guts & I would rather play on a level where battles are more challenging but not simply because now the enemy units have a stat boost).
I don't want to start my campaign on too low a level and not enjoy it (because I have reached the point where it is simply a matter of moving the hordes of my armies across the map) or on too high of a setting and not enjoying it because certain elements are not effective. Thanks for the help, very excited for the game.