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posted: 4/22/2015 3:33:46 PM - Report Post    edit post

Back in the day, there was a game called Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat. It was a fairly early RTT game, made in 1995 or 1996. And the genre didn't explode until the late 90s. The general story was that you were the head of a mercenary company and had to stop an army of rat-men. You hired units on what would equate to a squad level. And fought battles in a multi-path campaign toward your ultimate goal.

It's cheap and simplistic by 2015 standards. And it becomes so difficult as to be nearly impossible.

But that game was awesome twenty years ago.

If Total War: Warhammer can capture even a fraction of what Shadow of the Horned Rat had, while operating on the faction-level instead of the company-level, it will be a good game.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/28/2015 11:21:02 PM - Report Post    edit post

@Kingbob: Cool.

@Elite: In the long term, had the Ottoman Empire remained, the Middle East would probably have turned out better. The empire would have collapsed and less-fake states would have risen from the resulting civil wars. Sunni and Shia and Arab and Kurd and Jew (if we view it as an ethnicity) wouldn't have been thrown together and told that they have to be neighbors. Either they'd have won their own states or they'd have been expelled. We'd likely have more virulently oppressive states, but they wouldn't have much reason to make trouble with each other, and they'd probably keep the price of oil high.

In the short term, Iraq would be a more peaceful place--Saddam probably would have turned on the Kurds again by now and that thorn in his side would be cowed--had the US and company not rolled in. But Syria would probably still be falling apart and mini-revolutions would still be wracking the whole region. I don't think Arab Spring was inspired much by anti-American furor, but rather anger at their own governments.

But "staying out" probably isn't an option. States have a moral imperative to look out for #1. Protection of ones people implies an active foreign policy. Could the West, for instance, not reacted when Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990? They had no choice. The jobs of people in Britain and the US depends on the price of oil.

Blood for oil in 2003? I wish we had invaded Iraq for oil. It almost certainly would have turned out better. We'd likely have done a decent job in administering the territory and created a stronger puppet government with a properly trained army.

[Edited by Dhampy, 1/28/2015 11:21:54 PM]

   
 
 
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posted: 1/25/2015 1:31:02 PM - Report Post    edit post

And if we're going to drop into the uneducated habit of thinking assigning blame is offering a solution, then you can only blame the British: who not only insisted on dismembering the Ottoman Empire when no one else wanted to, but created Iraq and all of the other modern Middle Eastern states, and in them perpetuated regimes of the worst varieties on the word of an opium eater and a woman who talked to fairies. Saddam and Assad are British creations, perfectly in line with their like creations in Africa.

Congrats, the world crisis is your fault.

Now. Did that solve anything?

   
 
 
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posted: 1/25/2015 1:23:42 PM - Report Post    edit post

Saddam formally took power in 1979, after having been defacto dictator since 1976 and the primary political power in Iraq since the late 60s.

The Iran-Iraq War began in 1980.

Reagan took office on 20 January 1981.

You need to reassess your timeline.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/25/2015 12:27:20 AM - Report Post    edit post

Elite, you can reply drunk or sober. I welcome the comments, it can only lead to greater knowledge.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/24/2015 2:21:20 PM - Report Post    edit post

Now that we've solved Daesh, we have to look at the wider conflict. That is between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

For many years, the two have been waging a shadow war across the Middle East. It's being fought in Iraq and Syria, in Israel and Gaza, and in Yemen and Oman.

I am concerned with the passing of the Saudi king. He was largely opposed to escalating the conflict. But he also had little chance to respond to Iran's major victory in Yemen.

It is quite the coup for Iran in Sanaa, but it could push the Saudi monarchy in a number of directions.

They've been keeping oil prices low to hurt Iran, and that could well end far more suddenly than anticipated (the new king will invariably raise prices) if the Saudis choose to send their army--camped on the Saudi-Yemen border--to put their man back in power. This has the profitable side effect of seriously hurting Russia, which is just as dependent on oil revenues as any Middle Eastern state.

Alternatively, it could push the Saudis closer to Al Qaeda. They've had a working relationship for some time, at least since the early 2000s. And the Saudis have been funding Al Qaeda in Yemen for some time as part-time auxiliaries for their puppet government.

A major concern I have is that Obama, desperate for a foreign policy victory, might take an opportunity. And Obama is very desperate: he's consistently losing at home, his own party is against him, can't do anything right overseas, has been dismantling American alliances and empowering both Russia and Daesh. His last two years will be spent searching for a legacy which doesn't include "worst President since Buchanan". And he'll have the 101st walking a beat in Riyadh.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/15/2015 9:01:11 PM - Report Post    edit post

So you facilitated the destruction of peoples' lives because they didn't want to give a delivery guy a tip?

And you're proud of yourself?

You should set up a gofundme for the families of the employees of the dealership, who'll now be on food stamps because you decided that their boss deserved to have his life ruined just because he's an *******.

You're worse than they are. You're doing your unethical behavior from the shadows, and increased by many orders of magnitude and you're fooling yourself into thinking that it's "good".

Read up on the Online Inhibition Effect. You're a typing, smirking example of the horrible things people do with the illusion of anonymity.

It is petty and cowardly. And you'll claim to be some kind of crusader for "teaching people to act properly". Yet you can't act properly yourself.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/10/2015 10:21:20 AM - Report Post    edit post

With which DLC? It's not playable with the base game or any of the DLCs which I deigned to purchase.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/9/2015 9:30:58 PM - Report Post    edit post

"Greece proper" is a modern conception which is of no relevance in 270BC.

If you were to map out a "Greece proper" in 270BC, it would include Sicily, the lower boot of Italy, Marseilles, half of the Spanish coast, the Anatolian Greek states, the northern and southern Black Sea coasts, all of modern Greece, Macedonia, and Albania, the Aegean Isles, Cyprus, Alexandria, dozens of other Greek cities in the Successor States.

And it has Greek cities for all of them, literally all of them.

And the only Greek state that isn't currently playable that might deserve to be so, due to its minor significance, is Syracuse. But not having it is no big loss.

   
 
 
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posted: 1/9/2015 1:06:21 PM - Report Post    edit post

The modern political entity of Greece and identifiable political entities of Ancient Greece don't follow the same borders.

There are at least 15 Greek provinces in RTW2. That doesn't count Macedonian (who were Greek by Greek standards) and those successor states which had major Greek colonies where Greeks would have been majority populations, or those Roman and Carthaginian cities which were Greek.

Additionally, you have to consider that Greece simply wasn't important after Alexander. Philip II put it under his thumb, except Sparta (which had been made impotent by Leuctra and crippled by helot revolts, and which was further smashed by Antipater during Agis III's revolt, forcing it to join the League of Corinth), and it never recovered. By 270BC, it was just a place where significant states imported pet poets and philosophers from.

   
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