(September 5th, 2000)
The Battle of Actium (Actium)
6 Survival Years
** Your best military units of each type from Alexandria will carry over. **
There aren't a lot of distractions in this one: the goal is simply to destroy the Roman fleet when it arrives. Your economy is fueled by wood; start producing it and exporting it as quickly as possible. Game meat and fish are also plentiful, although there are no cities willing to buy those commodities.
As soon as the lumber exports are flowing, it's time for the military buildup. You should aim for the maximum of 6 warships. Archers, who can fire on the incoming Roman ships, are probably even more valuable than infantry.
When the Roman fleet arrives, your first goal should be to sink their transports at all costs. The Roman legions are very strong, and if they land on shore you'll be in for a difficult time. If you can destroy all the Roman warships in their first wave, you'll be in terrific shape. When the second wave of Roman ships appears your now-battered navy will have to gallantly sally forth once more. Allowing Caesar's troopships to unload their human cargo means you'll have to fight a bloody ground battle - but that's what you built and trained your infantry and archers for, right?
All the while you should also keep your neighbors happy so you can reap financial rewards and help keep your Kingdom Rating high enough for victory.
It's a tough mission - rewriting history is never easy. If you do win, take heart, you have enabled Cleopatra and Antony to rule the Mediterranean and enjoy the fruits of victory!
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