Good advice Fontane,
I really like phalanx pikes tbh for anticavalry. But hoplites are also solid spear infantry, especially spartan ones.
I am trying to expand north and east first, but Carthage still controls 1 minor settlement and 1 provincial capitol inside the italian peninsula. I am just building up my legions and fleets to combat them.
Also 1 question when does the marius reform kick in? Does it have any requirements or is it set to occur at a certain point or time?
What do you mean archers?? Do Romans have archers?
Get ready for the Civil War doomstacks then, I was at around 127 BC with Egypt and would have had my savegame ruined by one of them (already lost the willpower to play in a Spartan one due to it), the CH trainer saved my campaign but now I hate myself because I don't like using trainers for Total War.
Short: Be careful when you reach "Intimidating" status for a civil war.
Romans can recruit local troops so I think he is talking about Cretan Archers.
Is there anywhere a guide showing which regions specialize in "certain" troops?