I think I have almost finished my second try at the Athenian campaign after getting to learn the basics of PoM. It has been very fun to say the least. Though, I have some questions and some suggestions. I'll try my best to be organized in this message as well.
-First, there is always praise.
As a Athenian navy lover, I made the bad decision to jump head first into the Athenian campaign. I felt very overwhelmed to say the least.(Which is a good thing) I did take the ol' Triremes out for a cruise, and rammed a few unfortunate trading vessels. On my second try, and after getting the feel of PoM, I have had the most fun. Especially the battle for Megara. It was my first major battle fought to the northwest of Eleusis. Though, before the battle I had nowhere near what Megara and her allies could muster in man power. I learned that the hard way after losing two Hoplite brigades to the Thebans, during the withdrawal from the field and abandonment of the siege of Megara. After seeing their strength, I had to go on a series of naval raiding campaigns to weaken the city states that were sending troops to help Megara. Which was very fun, as well as avoiding field battles and relaying on guerrilla warfare tactics. Never in a game did I get to kill some skirmishers, burn something, and then take off in my Triremes as the enemy army stands at the shore. I really enjoy the different aspects of war that I get to experience in this game. Also, I applaud you all in the experiance system and having a wide variety of Hoplite contingents in your army. Gives me a RPG feeling and having veterans is big brownie points as well.
Here I would like to ask some questions on the decisions you all have made on the game in general.
- I have really enjoyed having Generals to add to my army, but why are some generals such as Pericles and Nicias have all their stats maxed out? In my personal opinion, neither of these generals deserve their five star stats on everything.
- Next, I would like to ask why are the Thebans Hoplites so strong? In my personal opinion, again, I think they should be lowered down a bit to maybe some twos and ones.
- Third, I have been able to recruit Spartan Hoplites in the city of Aegina. Why is this? Shouldn't Spartan Hoplites be exclusive to Sparta and Sparta only?
- Another question would be, why can I only recruit Athenian Triremes as Athens? I would like to recruit maybe some allied Triremes to reperesent the allied forces that Athens could call upon.
Finally, and sorry for the long message, I would like to make some suggestions.
- Experience for the Triremes. I really would like to see that, not only because I love Triremes, it's because with experience a Spartan Trireme could be faster than an Athenian Trireme with a better trained crew.
- Maybe adding some marines to recruit wouldn't be bad either. They could be around maybe twenty men, and could be slightly faster and lighter armored than regular Hoplites. I think this could be a great addition to the naval side of this game. The marines could take away the speed penalty or negate some of it for Triremes when you have troops aboard.
That's enough for now. Please don't take any offense to these comments of mine, they are all in good faith. Thanks for the great game and thanks for listening