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Expeditions: Conquistador Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Expeditions' started by Jaedar, Aug 4, 2012.

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    Are you really one of those people? I mean, ironman is OK, but only as long as you can load a previous save quickly and easily. For instance, being able to load a previous save game during a battle is a major reason why Blackguards was playable as opposed to tedious. Or any tactics game like JA2 or X-COM for that matter.
     
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  2. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I guess. I restarted the game twice after getting into really tough, potential un-winable situations, but then I breezed through the game on my 3rd attempt.

    One of the cool things about the game is that you can lose a battle and not lose the game. If you just restart the game every time you lose, you miss all that.
     
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  3. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    Really can't say anything but ditto on Tuluse on this one.
    They went the trouble of making it so lost battles =\= game over. It would be a complete waste if people could just easily restart any lost battle.
     
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  4. 7/10 Learned

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    Soo... Is the second campaign any good? Also, is it harder?

    I just managed to beat the tutorial island and found it rather easy, at least on normal, though it wasn't my first attempt. The last Esteban encounter and defending the governor were the only somewhat challenging fights. For some reason, I didn't get the bullshit "defend for 10 turns" random event.

    As Tuluse said, the game's difficulty stems mostly from the fact, that it does a bad job of explaining the finer points of gameplay to you, so you'll probably get owned on your first playthrough. Once you get the hang of things, most fights can be won with a flawless victory, because the AI simply charges at you and you can flank and cut them down one by one.
     
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  5. StaticSpine Arcane Patron

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    It's good, the map is bigger, it has a lot of stuff to do, even some secret places to discover and you can build your own fort. So if you like the game - try it. As for the difficulty, I think it's pretty much the same as Hispaniola.
     
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  6. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    Play it on a harder difficulty if you find it too easy. It makes the AI a bit smarter, too.

    Also, I found the tutorial to be really great, actually. What didn't it explain to you?
     
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  7. 7/10 Learned

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    For example, the fact that you can really screw yourself over, if you don't gather a large supply of medicine in case you have to treat several followers at the same time, which is pretty likely, given the fact that the game likes to throw random encounters at you.
     
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  8. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    "Screw yourself over"?
    The first time one of my guys died because we ran outta herbs, I simply made sure to always have a good amount on me. And that was on Ironman Hard.

    Did you let half your crew die before thinking that it would be a good idea to conserve medicine?
     
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    The thing is, you probably won't have enough herbs if you never get off the road, since they mostly spawn in the jungle. Once you have 3 wounded guys and not enough medicine, it's usually too late to gather more. So the solution is: gather herbs beforehand or don't let your guys get wounded.
     
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  10. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    I fail to see the problem here. They explain about injuries quite clearly and precisely in the tutorial, let you know the percentages of a wound deteriorating overnight...
    Even if you get 3 of your guys wounded at once, I find it hard to believe you wouldn't make it to town and then sell your stuff for some medicine or find some herbs and make them yourself.

    Especially in the beginning of the game.
     
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  11. Is there a way to turn off autosaving? It causes an annoying stutter at the beginning of each day.
     
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  12. Also, is there a penalty when wearing armor for ranged attacks? My units are missing with bows and muskets about half the time, whereas the enemy is more successful.
     
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  13. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I don't think so. I do think the natives have more classes which are skilled with ranged weapons. There is pretty much no reason to use one with a non-hunter as a Spaniard. I think they've patched in higher chance to hit since the last time I played though.

    The only time I used ranged attacks with soldiers was setting them into overwatch mode (don't remember what it's called now) right as I reached engagement rage. Just because it gave a ~30 chance at doing some damage compared to nothing.

    Actually, sometimes I would screw up with a bottleneck and have to shoot or do nothing with soldiers.
     
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  14. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    Pretty sure armor doesn't effect it. You simply have to give about 2 level ups to your ranged guys before they become useful in combat. (Don't forget to take the walk your shots perk, it's basically mandatory for them)
     
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  15. OK, I switched my hunters for some scouts and I had a much easier time fighting some Aztecs in a 'burned out village'. Thanks.
     
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    What part of preparing for emergencies in case of .... an emergency, seems like bad gameplay to you? Fucking need a compass to point you to those herbs or else you can't figure it out?
     
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    What part of getting owned by a mechanic you had no prior experience with, can't you figure out?
     
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  18. Dreaad Arcane

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    ^ That's called gameplay. I don't see how hoarding all the resources you can find is somehow a difficult concept in a strategy game.
     
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  19. The part where you say you aren't an idiot.
     
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  20. Make America Great Again deuxhero Arcane

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    During my game I got loads of herbs and, because medicine was low in town I sold a lot of them and made a hefty profit.

    Then I somehow ate nearly all the rations on the island...
     
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  21. 7/10 Learned

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    That's called shit design. The point you're gonna find out, how much medicine you need to treat a critically injured follower is the point where you end up with one. This is oftentimes a scripted or random occurence, like the time Isabella gets kidnapped. As deuxhero said, if you find a lot of herbs, you may be inclined to sell most of them.

    While you should be able to handle having one guy require treatment, two or three will make you run out of medicine pretty quickly, unless you hoarded a TON of herbs.
     
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  22. Make America Great Again Jack Dandy Arcane

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    It's not like the second somebody gets injured, he dies IMMIDIATELY if you don't have medicine. Usually there's a town nearby where you can buy medicine, and by the time you reach one you should also find a bunch of herbs as well.

    The spanish town also has a healer, so you don't have to heal them yourself either
     
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  23. OK, so I finished my first playthrough.

    1. The central storyline is nice and well written, though it felt kind of short.
    2. The combat is kind of hard in the beginning if you're unfortunate enough to have taken any hunters with you into battle.
    3. The game could have used more unit types in combat besides just the basic natives and Spanish. A giant jaguar for example for that one quest.
    4. I didn't like the world map and exploration. It's similar to Mount&Blade's world map and HoMM, which I also didn't like. It just looks goofy.
    5. Exploring and farming the countryside felt kind of tedious. Maybe because of #4, above.

    Overall I give the game a 7/10. I enjoyed Blackguards more.
     
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  24. Dreaad Arcane

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    I think being caught of guard and in a bad situation is the point of a "random" occurrence.... I still fail to see what your complaint is. Even if one of those three injured party member's dies, you don't lose or have to reload, unless you are desperate for a perfect play through or something. You are essentially complaining that the game throws unexpected challenges at you, which is a good thing, not a bad thing. It's like the "I can't find Caius Coscades" bullshit.
     
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  25. Make America Great Again deuxhero Arcane

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    I didn't spend anywhere NEAR close to all of what I found, both for the economy (they lose value when you sell too many) and to keep them for my own use.
     
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