Faction: Kong Rong
Dificulty: Legendary both map and battle
mode: records mode
- large army battles on non cities, farms for example will generate an open field battle instead of a siege battle without walls. I don't know if this on purpose but the game doesn't warn you for this.
- In large army battles ranged units may have difficulty of firing, if the ranged units are overlapping they may refuse to fire at all or only a few men are firing. I also noticed that in some very busy battles where I don't have time to manage them they only shot 10% of their arrows
I know that the AI will cheat on legendary mode as in every previous game.
The main reason I play on legendary is that you can't load/save making the campaign much more intense because you have to deal with mistakes instead of loading a few turns back. Declaring independency in Fall of the Samurai was a mistake that ended up in 15 hours of gameplay where I only could think i screwed up my game but in the end I managed to turn the tide.
Now back to three kingdoms:
Yuan Shao is a pain as Kong Rong, to begin with the absurd vassalage. I know this has been patched in the meantime but I managed to overcome this before the patch. He is very, very strong in the beginning of the game and I couldn't prevent from going to war with him. But I managed to get peace, even make him my friend, and trough thorough diplomatics preventing him to massive vassalage everyone.
I knew Yuan Shoa wasn't going to be my friend forever so I sent 5 spies (he is very good at catching spies), expanded my territory and economy to be able to afford going to war with Yuan Shoa when the time comes, trying to delay it as long as I could.
When Yuan Shoa decided our friendship was over, declared himself emperor and attacked one of my vassals I was ready to give him hell.
The first stage of the war was to create a massive food shortage, starving his entire empire. He wouldn't be able to replenish troops or muster so that every bit of damage I did to his massive stacks would stay. As a bonus it would create huge public order issues on his empire.
So I took a lot of farms and fishing ports, leaving the cities that cost food, creating a massive food shortage up to -80 food.
Not a single settlement spawned a yellow turban army and not a single army had trouble mustering or replenish it troops.
I get that the AI cheats, I really do, but this is not a bit cheating, this is ignoring one of the key aspects of the game.
The second stage of the war was to hit his home region and his economy, the massive stacks he has are very, very costly to upkeep.
I hold his massive stacks bussy while 2 other stacks take over al his home regions including the emperor seat, not a single settlement had any real economic value, I even got level 3 settlements.
Currently he has only 1 trade agreement versus 7 for me, only 1/3 of land compared to me, his remaining lands are worthless and yet he manages to hold an army strenght that is equal.
I'm putting all my economic strenght in this war, offering food trades, trading ancillaries, having a lot of different resources including silk, not updating any building yet he stills manages to rival my strength and has no issue whatsoever to spawn new stacks.
I don't mind that the AI cheats, I don't mind they get extra income, that they suffer less from penalties but this is becoming absurd. The AI ignores everything and not a single tactic is going to work unless i take all his land, kill every army on the way and deal with stacks that spawn from nothing.