Tang Chinese Steppe Falconer at Court

A Twilight of Empires

Lords of the Earth, Campaign 13

Comments and Basic Addenda

The first section is for new players, the remainder of more general interest.
Rules Beginners Really Need Now
The rulebook is big. It is scary. So scan it for these bits you will find most useful initially, the essentials, i.e.

  • The Leaders (2.12): Your minions and their abilities.
  • Regions and Cities List (2.14): Lands and peoples mean cash and troops.
  • The Maps (4.0): Know where to go on our map.
  • Construction: Building Armies (5.4): How to raise an army.
  • Leader Actions (7.2): Most important are S, A, AT, D, DP, HC, M, Rule.
  • How To Fill Out Leader Action Orders (7.3): Also see the sample orders form and Example Orders Form (13.6).
  • Troop Conversions - Troops per unit
    200 horse and foot
    2 artillery and vessels
    10 elephants
    Time and Taxes
    Turns: One Turn = 4 years
    Taxes: Start with census in effect
    Income: Thus the nominal starting tax rate for most positions is 88%
    Units Buildable -
      When constructing units, only use the Custom Units list. Each nation has a unique set of troop types based on historical evidence.
    Name Your Leaders and Cities
      For reasons of roleplaying and neatness it is important that players name their leaders. Failure to find names for your leaders will lead to revolt checks for those leaders - if you don't care about them, they may decide to reciprocate.
      Similarly, unnamed cities may be built. They will, however, not be fully controlled by you, entered instead as Claimed only.
    Agro Production -
      In a grossly unfair and arbitrary move, your GM has decided to cut the amount of agro produced by large civilized empires by some fraction. There are any number of rationalizations which may be offered, but it is essentially a game balance move.
      More important, the agro production of nomadic cultures has been increased in order to maintain their in-game viability.
    GP Bonuses -
      As opposed to current practice in most campaigns, the bonuses to various activities, e.g. diplomacy, spying, etc., are derived from committed gold points (gp) as follows:

    bonus = ( √gp ) / 2

    rounding up in all cases. See also the turn hint on this topic.

    Chris Cornuelle / lote13gm at xmission dot com / last modified Sunday, 10-Sep-2006 12:07:13 MDT
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