This game looks great, but after going through the demo tutorial and reading the manual, I am still at a loss about what to do, despite my familiarity with strategy games and Roman History.There are just too many details to think of for players like me who have not played the previous AGEOD games. What is needed is a step-by-step tutorial taking the player through the first few moves of the scenario in the demo (4 generals)along with the reasons for doing so. The tutorial essentially only shows how to move units and attack the enemy, but there is much much more to this game. To be clear, I understand the complex interface very well, the problem is what to do with it.
This game has the potential to be a great game, and it has a very good manual, but the learning curve might be too steep for newbies, not to mention old grognards like me. There are some pretty good video tutorials on the web, but that is somewhat hit and miss, and watching a video explaining what I already know gets boring. What I need to know is what to do!There are also videos of gameplay, but the ones I have watched (Caesar vs Pompeius) essentially only show the interface and the moves (maybe I should watch it again now that I have read the manual).
For example, in the scenario with the demo (4 generals), as Vespasian, it is fairly obvious that the general in Judea should attack the revolt there, and since one of the other two generals is fixed, the other one should probably head for Northern Italy while being careful about attrition since it is Winter. The force in Egypt might travel by sea to help in Palestine. But after that, my mind boggles. Should I create more units, make replacements, negotiate with other factions, and so on?
Maybe I will continue this scenario with hit and miss then make an AAR about how I got creamed by the AI.
I 100% agree with Henri, the tutorial is really useless and a step by step tutorial that actually walks you through the tutorial scenario is badly needed. As a true wargamer I can see the game has a lot of depth and seems serious about history but without proper tutorial it's going nowhere for me. For now I put the game on ice...