From: Cambridge, UK
I am seeing better diplomatic action. Though Prussia dowed Denmark (with no ships...) and then me (Spain) for controlling it, overall they are smarter in their wars. As Spain, I got Prussia and Austria to go to informal peace over dumb dows. (By dumb, I mean I picked to fight over certain minors. THAT was dumb of me!)
Also, Britain is willing to give money to Spain during the diplomacy phase.
You still see a race for all of the German minors really early on, but that's understandable to some extent.
AI Countries still need help in dowing Sweden and Denmark. If you have no ships then you can't get there. Period. So Prussia dowing Denmark is kinda dumb. Also, when I play Russia and want to dow Sweden, I start with one cossack up in the far north. While I leisurely move my army to Abo (Finland), I race my cossack across the top to make sure that as Abo falls, I have a unit in Sweden. This can be countered by a second swedish army up north, but it is taking attrition while it happens (usually during the winter) and then I just wait for the spring thaw to sail two armies into Stockholm. Taking Abo at the same time.
Another trick is to get Denmark via diplomacy first, then invade Sweden with one Danish army helping.
Just some thoughts.
ORIGINAL: Marshall Ellis
BTW: We still have some work to do on the AI but are you not seeing more intelligent DOWs and alliances?
< Message edited by iamspamus -- 10/2/2008 11:23:11 AM >