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Medieval Total War - Viking Invasion

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Why play as the Hungarians?
3. Units Overview
 a) Infantry
 b) Ranged Infantry
 c) Cavalry
 d) Ranged Cavalry
 e) Artillery
 f) Ships
4. Starting Provinces
5. The Hungarian Campaign
6. Contact Info
7. Legal Info


1. Introduction

The Hungarians were not playable in the original Medieval Total War, even 
though they were still an AI faction.  They were introduced as a playable
faction in the expansion, Viking Invasion (there is a way to play as them
in the original Medieval Total War, but there is really no point, as you do
not get any unique units or Glorius Achievements objectives).  This guide aims
to answer every question you have about the Hungarian faction, offer a
complete strategy of their campaign, and advise you on which military units
you should be using on that campaign.  I decided to write this guide because
I could see that not many (if any) people actually used the Hungarian faction,
in their campaign or otherwise, and I could also see that nobody knew of their
potential if used correctly.  I hope you enjoy this thoroughly, and I advise
that you read all other parts before reading the campaign strategy.

2. Why play as the Hungarians?

Now, this is probably a question many people wonder when they see a Hungarian
faction guide, but there are many reasons.  They have a potential incomparable
unit roster in the Early Period, which sets them up for the later game.  These
are units that few people actually know about, such as the Szekely and Avar
Nobles, and those that are well known but not overated: Steppe Cavalry, Steppe
Heavy Cavalry, and the all of the 'Chivalric' units.  Hungarian players also
have a much more rewarding Glorius Achievements mode game.  They score one GA
point for every province they conquer, much better than the near-impossible
crusader objectives of other Catholic Factions.  Finally, they have a good
starting position, with a lot of potential.  Overall the Hungarians really 
are a well-rounded and potentially powerful faction, with many interesting
and little known units.

3. Units Overview

This section will look at every unit available to the Hungarians, showing all
stats, and giving a description and rating out of five.  It is divided up 
into six sections: Infantry, Ranged Infantry, Cavalry, Ranged Cavalry, 
Artillery, and Ships.  These sections are again divided into the units of each
period: Early Period, High Period, and Late Period.  All units are available
into the next period unless said otherwise.  The ratings should only be
thought of as ratings for the concerned units period, e.g. Feudal Knights' 
rating of 4/5 is the rating it gets for the Early Period. This section also
shows full required buildings (and sometimes provinces), for the units.  Other
buildings in brackets after the required buildings are the prerequisites for
these buildings. 

a) Infantry

Infantry will form the main line of battle, but that doesn't go to say that
they are the best.  They come in the largest unit sizes, and are fairly cheap,
so you'll end up having many of these, supported by better and more expensive
units.

Early Period
------------

Peasants

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 50 Florins
Upkeep: 37 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort

Stats:

Charge: 4
Attack: -2
Defence: -4
Armour: 1
Morale: -2

Description: As far as soldiers go, these are hopeless. Their stats are 
horrid, and because of their likeliness to rout, they are more often than 
not a hindrance than a help.  They are, however, quite cheap, and, because 
they come in a 100 man unit, their main use comes in stopping rebellions from
erupting.

Rating: 1/5

Urban Militia

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 100 Florins
Upkeep: 30 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Town Watch

Stats:

Charge: 4
Attack: 2
Defence: -1
Armour: 1
Morale: 0

Description: Cheap, fairly reliable infantry.  Only a Town Watch is needed to 
train these, so they may form your early infantryline.  Still, be aware of 
their low defence and morale; they should never be used head on by themselves.

Rating: 2/5

Spearmen

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 150 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort, Spearmaker (Town Watch)

Stats:

Charge: 5
Attack: -1
Defense: -1
Armour: 1
Morale: 0
*Defense Bonus Vs. Cavalry*

Description:  Better than Urban Militia, purely for their 100 man unit.  Only
better than above mentioned in Charge, worse in attack.  Until you can upgrade
to Armoured Spearmen (see below), these should form your main infantry line.

Rating: 3/5

Militia Sergeants

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 150 Florins
Upkeep: 30 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Town Guard (Town Watch, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 4
Attack: 2
Defense: 3
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
*Attack bonus Vs. Armoured Troops*

Description:  Good, solid, secondary infantry with an attack bonus against 
armoured opponents.  They are quite reliable and do not need a great deal of 
technology to be trained.  Still prone to routing, and only come in a 60 man 
unit.

Rating: 3.5/5

Feudal Sergeants

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 200 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort, Spearmaker's Workshop (Spearmaker, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 5
Attack: 0
Defense: -1
Armour: 1
Morale: 2
*Defence bonus Vs. Cavalry*

Description: These will form the main infantry line of most Catholic factions
in Middle-Late Early Period, but probably not yours.  Armoured Spearmen are
recommended (see below), but if you are looking for better Morale and a little
more attack you can use these.

Rating: 3.5/5 

Armoured Spearmen

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 250 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort, Spearmaker's Workshop (Spearmaker, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 5
Attack: -1 
Defense: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
*Defense bonus Vs. Cavalry*

Description: These should definately be your main (and possibly only) infantry
in the Early Period.  100 man unit, good defences; these are the best spearmen
available.  Don't use them on the offensive despite their strong charge.

Rating: 4/5  

Slav Warriors

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 100 Florins
Upkeep: 37 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort *Can only be trained in the Provinces of Prussia, 
Pomerania, Poland, Silesia, Bohemia, Lithuania, Smolensk, Chernigov, Muscovy,
Moldavia, Volhynia, Kiev, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria*

Stats:

Charge: 5
Attack: 0
Defense: -2 
Armour: 1
Morale: 0

Description: You'll find early on that you'll be able to train these in most 
of your provinces.  They are nothing special, but they are better than 
peasants, and need only a Fort.

Rating: 2/5

Feudal Men-at-Arms

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 175 Florins
Upkeep: 45 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Swordsmith (Spearmaker, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 3 
Attack: 3
Defense: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 2

Description: A great all-rounder.  Similar to Militia Sergeants, but with more
much needed morale.  If you are more inclined to use infantry, a line of 
Armoured Spearmen backed-up with these is the best you can get.

Rating: 4/5

Woodsmen

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 75 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort *Can only be trained in the provinces of Livonia, 
Lithuania, Norway, Novgorod, Poland, Sweden, Silesia, Volhynia* 

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 1
Defense: -1
Armour: 2
Morale: -2

Description:  Cheap, secondary infantry.  They have an irresistible charge, 
but horrible defence and morale, so it is clear that these should be used only
for flanking an enemy, never attacking full-on.  For that purpose they are 
quite good, but their morale still lets them down.

Rating: 3/5

High Period
-----------

Chivalric Sergeants

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 300 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort, Spearmaker's Guild (Spearmaker's Workshop, Castle)

Stats:

Charge: 5
Attack: -1
Defense: 3
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
*Defence bonus Vs. Cavalry*

Description:  These should form your main infantry-line from the start of the
High period until the end of your campaign.  Good Defense, Armoured, 100 man
unit, Good Charge.  Morale is the only problem here.

Rating: 4/5

Chivalric Men-at-Arms

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 250 Florins
Upkeep: 52 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Swordsmith's Workshop (Swordsmith, Castle)

Stats:

Charge: 3
Attack: 4
Defense: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 4

Description: Chivalric Men-at-Arms will instantly become your offensive 
infantry from the year 1205.  Great, balanced stats, and they don't break the
bank.  Stock up on these.

Rating. 4.5/5 

Halberdiers

Unit Size: 60
Cost: 300 Florins
Upkeep: 45 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Town Militia (Citadel, Town Guard)

Stats:

Charge: 2
Attack: 1
Defense: 6
Armour: 5
Morale: 0
*Attack bonus Vs. Armoured Troops*
*Attack bonus Vs. Cavalry*

Description: As you can see, they have whopping Defense and Armour, and,
attack bonuses against both Cavalry and Armoured troops.  They eat up Mongol
Heavy Cavalry completely.  Only downside is their morale and high
requirements.

Rating: 4/5

Late Period
-----------

Pikemen

Unit Size: 100
Cost: 250 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per year at 100 men
Requirements: Fort, County Militia (Town Militia, Fortress)

Stats: 
Charge: 4
Attack: 1
Defense: -1
Armour: 1
Morale: 2

Description: Their stats make them appear as if they are an Early Period unit,
but they are misleading.  Pikemen can fight several ranks deep, so you could
well have all of your Pikemen fighting at once.  They also come in a 100 man
unit, which is very useful.  If you don't have the technology for these I
wouldn't recommend them; you might as well go with the Chivalric Sergeants.

Rating: 3.5/5


b) Ranged Infantry
   
These are great supporting units for other Infantry, offering a cover of 
constant fire, which doesn't give the opponent much time to think and act. You
should definately start upgrading your bowyers even though gunsmiths are 
better: gunpowder comes late in the game.   

Early Period
------------

Jobbagy - *Hungarian Unique Unit*

Type: Javelinmen (Short Range)
Unit Size: 60 
Cost: 150 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort

Stats:

Charge: 4
Attack: -1
Defence: 0
Armour: 2
Morale: 0
Ammo: 4

Description: The first Hungarian Unique unit you'll be able to use, these need
only a Fort.  They are not that useful as a ranged unit or as light infantry,
but at least they are better than peasants in combat.

Rating: 2/5

Slav Javelinmen

Type: Javelinmen (Short Range)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 125 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Spearmaker (Town Watch) *Can only be trained in the 
Provinces of Prussia, Pomerania, Poland, Silesia, Bohemia, Lithuania, 
Smolensk, Chernigov, Muscovy, Moldavia, Volhynia, Kiev, Croatia, Serbia, 
Bulgaria*

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: 0
Defence: -2
Armour: 1
Morale: 0
Ammo: 4

Description: Worse than Jobbagy (see above), and need more buildings, not to
mention provinces.  Horrible.

Rating: 1/5

Archers

Type: Foot Archer
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 225 Florins
Upkeep: 37 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Bowyer (Town Watch)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: -2
Armour: 1
Morale: -1
Ammo: 28

Description: Good ranged unit, although Hungarians seem to favour horse 
archers. Archers have 7 times the ammo of a javelinman.

Rating: 3/5

Bulgarian Brigands

Type: Light Infantry
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 300 Florins
Upkeep: 30 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Bowyer (Bowyer's Guild, Citadel)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: 2
Defence: 0
Armour: 2
Morale: 0
Ammo: 28

Description: While these are very good units, they need many expensive 
buildings just so you can train them.  They can act as a good light infantry,
but the requirements are too steep; by the time you get them they'll probably
be rendered obsolete.

Rating: 2.5/5 

High Period
-----------

Crossbowmen

Type: Crossbowmen (Can't Fire in Rain)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 200 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Bowyer's Workshop (Bowyer, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
Ammo: 28
*Short Range*

Description: The first crossbowmen type unit you can use, these are different
to the Archers of the Early Period.  They can shoot only over a short range, 
and can't fire at all in rain, so although they are powerful, they can 
sometimes be unreliable.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pavise Crossbowmen

Type: Crossbowmen (Can't Fire in Rain)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 225 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Bowyer's Guild (Bowyer's Workshop, Castle)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
Ammo: 28
*Pavise Protects from Missiles*
*Short Range*

Description: These are the same as Crossbowmen (see above), except they carry
a Pavise, which means they cannot be hit by missiles.  This also makes them
move a little slower, and they are a little more expensive, so you may want
to go for the more mobile, cheaper version on attack, and keep these for
defense.  They also need an extra bowyer upgrade in order to be trained.
Either way they are superb units.

Rating: 3.5/5

Arbalester

Type: Arbalester (Slow rate of Fire)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 275 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Bowyer's Guild (Bowyer's Workshop, Castle)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
Ammo: 28
*Missiles very good Vs. Armoured units*

Description: The best ranged infantry unit before gunpowder, Arbalesters have
a greater range than crossbowmen, but a slower rate of fire.  Still, they are
fairly accurate and their missiles do mass damage to armoured units.

Rating: 4/5 (until Gunpowder)

Pavise Arbalester

Type: Arbalester (Slow Rate of Fire)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 300 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Bowyer (Bowyer's Guild, Citadel)

Description: These are the same as Arbalesters (see above), except they carry
a Pavise, which means they cannot be hit by missiles.  This also makes them
move a little slower, and they are a little more expensive, so you may want
to go for the more mobile, cheaper version on attack, and keep these for
defense.  They also need an extra bowyer upgrade in order to be trained.
Either way they are superb units.

Rating: 4/5 (until Gunpowder)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
Ammo: 28
*Pavise Protects from Missiles*
*Slow Moving*


Handgunner

Type: Handgunner
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 200 Florins
Upkeep: 30 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Gunsmith's Workshop (Gunsmith, Gunpowder)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: 1
Defence: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 4
Ammo: 10
*Weapons cause fear*
*Can't Fire in Rain*

Description: The First gunpowder ranged infantry unit at your disposal, the
Handgunner is better than the Arbalester, but are soon rendered obsolete with
the arrival of the Arquebusier.  Not awfully reliable; upgrade to Arquebusier
as soon as you can.

Rating: 3.5/5

Arquebusier

Type: Arquebusier (Accurate)
Unit Size: 60
Cost: 175 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 60 men
Requirements: Fort, Gunsmith's Guild (Gunsmith's Workshop, Gunpowder)

Stats:

Charge: 1
Attack: -1
Defence: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 0
Ammo: 10

Description: Not only the last ranged infantry unit you will be able to train,
but also the best.  They have a fast rate of fire and shoot with deadly 
accuracy.  Only problem I have found with them is that they burn through their
ammunition pretty quickly, but they don't fare too badly in combat when 
flanking.

Rating: 4/5

c) Cavalry

I tend to think that Cavalry should be the back-bone of a Hungarian player's
army, especially in the Early Period.  There are many good units here that
require little buildings and upgrades, and can be relied on to turn the
tide of battle.

Early Period
------------

Horsemen

Type: Medium
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 175 Florins
Upkeep:
Requirements: Fort, Horse Farmer (Farmland 20%)

Stats:

Charge: 6
Attack: 3
Defence: 0
Armour: 2
Morale: 4

Description: For a so-called foot soldier on a horse, these are great.  They
need only a Horse Farmer, so you can start building them in the very first
turn of your campaign.  Well-rounded stats, most notably the morale, which is
unfortunately lacking in many units of the Early Period.  Can only be trained
in the Early Period.

Rating: 3.5/5

Mounted Sergeants

Type: Medium
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 175 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Breeder (Horse Farmer), Spearmaker's Workshop 
(Spearmaker, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 2
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 2

Description: This is the standard horseman of other Catholic Factions.  The 
problem with them is that you need to build a Keep for the requirements, 
which takes a lot of time and money.  Useful unit, but you might as well go
with the Horsemen.

Rating: 3/5

Royal Knights (Early)

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 20
Cost: 325 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per year at 20 men
Requirements: Fort, Royal Court (Royal Palace, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 4
Defence: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 8

Description: Your King and Princes are made up of these units, so you will be
getting quite a lot of these for free.  They have the same stats as Feudal
Knights (see below), but have half the unit size and so are more expensive.
They do not need many buildings to train, so feel free to train these if you 
have large sums of money.

Rating: 4/5

Feudal Knights

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 425 Florins
Upkeep: 105 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Royal Estate (Royal Court, Castle), Armourer's Workshop 
(Armourer, Castle), Horse Breeder (Horse Farmer) 

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 4
Defence: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 8

Description: These are probably the best cavalry units that most Catholic 
factions will train in the Early Period, and they are, except they need a lot
of buildings which cost a lot of money just so you can train them.  In the
long run they are cheaper than Royal Knights, as they have double the unit
size, and they set you up for Chivalric Knights in the High Period.

Rating: 4/5

Avar Nobles

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 425 Florins
Upkeep: 60 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Breeder (Horse Farmer), Armourer (Spearmaker, Keep) 
*Can only be trained in the province of Moldavia*

Stats:

Charge: 6
Attack: 3
Defence: 5
Armour: 7
Morale: 4

Description:  These are my favourite units in the entire game.  They have very
low requirements for a unit of their kind, and are very, very reliable.  These
should form the bulk of your army.  Unfortunately, you can only train these in
the Early Period.

Rating: 4.5/5

Steppe Cavalry

Type: Light
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 150 Florins
Upkeep: 40 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Farmer (Farmland 20%) *Can only be trained in the 
provinces of Muscovy, Volga-Bulgaria, Khazar, Pereyaslavl, Chernigov, Ryazan,
Kiev*  

Stats:

Charge: 6
Attack: 2 
Defence: 1
Armour: 3
Morale: 0
*Fast*

Description: Great Light Cavalry, perfect for pursuing Horse Archers or 
capturing routing units.  Cheap, and can be trained in many neighbouring
provinces.  Can't really hold their own against heavier units, though.

Rating: 3.5/5

High Period
-----------

Royal Knights (High)

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 20
Cost: 525 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per yeat at 20 men
Requirements: Fort, Royal Court (Royal Palace, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 5
Defence: 5
Armour: 7
Morale: 8

Description:  These are the upgraded High Period version of the Early Period
Royal Knights.  Your King and all of your heirs will be upgraded, but your
other Royal Knights will not.  These have the same stats as Chivalric Knights
(see below), but only come in a 20 man unit, so are costly.  The need little
technology in order to train them, however.  They are very, heavy cavalry, and
very reliable, but be careful with them, as they have only 20 men.

Rating: 4/5

Chivalric Knights

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 675 Florins
Upkeep: 85 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Baronial Court (Royal Estate, Citadel), Amourer's Guild 
(Armourer's Workshop, Citadel), Horse Breeder's Guild (Horse Breeder)

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 5
Defence: 5
Armour: 7
Morale: 8

Description: The best new cavalry unit of the High Period.  Great stats, and
double the man-power of Royal Knights.  High technology, but worth it.

Rating: 4/5 

Lithuanian Cavalry

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 225 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Horse Breeder (Horse Breeder's Guild), Armourer's 
Guild (Armourer's Workshop, Fortress), Swordsmith's Guild (Swordsmith's 
Workshop, Fortress) *Can only be trained in the Provinces of Lithuania, 
Livonia, Volhynia*

StatS:

Charge: 6
Attack: 2
Defence: 3
Armour: 4
Morale: 2

Description:  Now, I could accept somebody using these if they appeared in the
Early Period, and if their requirements were significantly lower, but these
are absolutely pointless.  Poor stats for High Period, and more expensive 
requirements than Chivalric Knights.  And you can only build them in three 
remote provinces.  These are duds.  More worthless than peasants in their
age.  The only use I can see for them is bribing the generals of them in 
Lithuania and Livonia.  Even then, you will be jipped.

Rating: 0.5/5

Late Period
-----------

Royal Knights (Late)

Type: Heavy
Unit Size: 20
Cost: 650 Florins
Upkeep: 62 Florins per year at 20 men
Requirements: Fort, Royal Court (Royal Palace, Keep)

Stats:

Charge: 8
Attack: 5
Defence: 7 
Armour: 9
Morale: 8

Description:  The last upgrade for Royal Knights, these are the last kind of
Knight you will be able to train (no Gothic Knights).  They are incredible
units, but if you find the prices too steep, stick with the Chivalric Knights.

Rating: 4/5

d) Ranged Cavalry

These represent the tactics used by Eastern European soldiers, and should 
definitely be used by a Hungarian player.  These work a bit different to the
Infantry versions, but they are still used to disrupt enemy lines and to 
generally annoy the opponent.

Early Period
------------

Horse Archers

Type: Light
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 250 Florins
Upkeep: 40 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Farmer (Farmland 20%)

Stats:

Charge: 2
Attack: -1
Defence: 0
Armour: 2
Morale: -1
Ammo: 28
*Fast*

Description:  Fast and Light, these are good for peppering enemy units and
luring them into traps.  Bad stats though, and clearly overshadowed by 
Szekely.  Stick with them: they are only four turns away.

Rating: 2.5/5

Mounted Crossbowmen

Type: Light
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 300 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Breeder (Horse Farmer)

Stats:

Charge: 2
Attack: 0
Defence: 2
Armour: 3
Morale: 2
Ammo: 28
*Fast*
*Slow Rate of Fire*

Description: You wouldn't think it would take over a hundred years for mounted
crossbowmen to realise that they can dismount their horses so that you might
be able to train infantry crossbowmen, but maybe that's just me.  These are 
similar to Horse Archers, but with much better stats.  Unfortunately, their
slow rate of fire kind of defeats the whole purpose of a ranged cavalry unit.

Rating: 2.5/5

Szekely - *Hungarian Unique Unit*

Type: Medium
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 375 Florins
Upkeep: 50 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Breeder (Horse Farmer) *Can only be trained in the 
provinces of Hungary, Volhynia, Moldavia*

Stats:

Charge: 4
Attack: 3
Defence: 1
Armour: 3
Morale: 4
Ammo: 28

Description: These are the second kind of Hungarian unique unit.  They are 
Horse Archers, and, at a pinch, Medium Cavalry.  They do their job well, and 
need only little technology for training.

Rating: 3.5/5

Steppe Heavy Cavalry

Type: Medium
Unit Size: 40
Cost: 450 Florins
Upkeep: 45 Florins per year at 40 men
Requirements: Fort, Horse Breeder's Guild (Horse Breeder), Armourer 
(Spearmaker, Keep) *Can only be trained in the provinces of Muscovy, 
Volga-Bulgaria, Khazar, Pereyaslavl, Chernigov, Ryazan, Kiev*

Stats:

Charge: 2
Attack: 3
Defence: 4
Armour: 5
Morale: 4
Ammo: 28

Description:  These are probably the best Horse Archers are available to you, 
and even then only a little better than the Szekely.  You need to have one of
the Steppe Provinces, too, so if you are expanding in the other direction you
will probably never use them.  Still great as both a Horse Archer and a Medium
Cavalryman.  Doesn't need too many buildings, but more than Szekely.

Rating: 3.5/5

e) Artillery

Early Period
------------

Ballista Crew

Unit Size: 8
Cost: 175 Florins
Upkeep: 10 Florins per year at 8 men
Requirements: Fort, Siege Engineer (Bowyer)
Construction Time: 2 Years

Ammo: 40


Catapult Crew

Unit Size: 10
Cost: 225 Florins
Upkeep: 12 Florins per year at 10 men
Requirements: Fort, Siege Engineer's Workshop (Siege Engineer, Keep)
Construction Time: 2 Years 

Ammo: 30

Mangonel

Unit Size: 24
Cost: 525 Florins
Upkeep: 30 Florins per year at 24 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Siege Engineer (Siege Engineer's Guild, Citadel)
Construction Time: 2 Years 

Ammo: 25

High Period
-----------

Trebuchet Crew

Unit Size: 20
Cost: 350 Florins
Upkeep: 25 Florins per yeat at 20 men
Requirements: Fort, Siege Engineer's Guild (Siege Engineer's Workshop, Castle)
Construction Time: 2 Years

Ammo: 25

Bombard Crew

Unit Size: 18
Cost: 275 Florins
Upkeep: 22 Florins per year at 18 men
Requirements: Fort, Foundry (Gunpowder, Castle)
Construction Time: 2 Years

Ammo: 25

Demi-Culverin Crew

Unit Size: 12
Cost: 325
Upkeep: 15 Florins per year at 12 men
Requirements: Fort, Bell Foundry (Gunpowder, Citadel)
Construction Time: 3 Years

Ammo: 25

Culverin Crew

Unit Size: 14
Cost: 550
Upkeep: 17 Florins per year at 14 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Foundry (Gunpowder, Fortress)
Construction Time: 3 Years

Ammo: 25

Serpentine Crew

Unit Size: 12
Cost: 325 Florins
Upkeep: 15 Florins per year at 12 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Foundry (Gunpowder, Fortress), Gunsmith's Guild 
(Gunpowder, Gunsmith's Workshop)
Construction Time: 3 Years

Ammo: 40

Organgun Crew

Unit Size: 8
Cost: 275 Florins
Upkeep: 5 Florins per year at 8 men
Requirements: Fort, Master Foundry (Gunpowder, Fortress), Gunsmith's Guild 
(Gunpowder, Gunsmith's Workshop)
Construction Time: 2 Years

Ammo: 5

f) Ships

Naval domination is a key in any campaign; build many of these.

Early Period
------------

Barque

Type: Coastal Waters
Cost: 700 Florins
Upkeep: 20 Florins per year
Requirements: Fort, Shipwright (Port, Keep)
Construction Time: 3 Years

Stats:

Attack: 1
Defence: 2
Speed: 3
Strength: 0

High Period
-----------

Caravel

Type: Deep Sea
Cost: 900 Florins
Upkeep: 12 Florins per year
Requirements: Fort, Shipyard (Shipwright, Keep)
Construction Time: 3 Years

Stats:

Attack: 3
Defence: 3
Speed: 1
Strength: 0

Cog

Type: Deep Sea
Cost: 1000 Florins
Upkeep: 20 Florins per year
Requirements: Fort, Shipbuilder's Guild (Shipyard, Compass, Citadel, Cannon 
Foundry), Bell Foundry (Gunpowder, Bell Foundry, Citadel)
Construction Time: 4 Years

Stats:

Attack: 4
Defence: 2
Speed: 2
Strength: 0

Carrack

Type: Deep Sea
Cost: 1500 Florins
Upkeep: 16 Florins per year
Requirements: Fort, Master Shipbuilder (Shipbuilder's Guild, Compass, 
Citadel), Master Foundry (Cannon Foundry, Gunpowder, Fortress)
Construction Time: 4 Years

Stats:

Attack: 6
Defence: 3
Speed: 3
Strength: 0

4. Starting Provinces

This Section will show the Provinces you start with, in all Periods.  It will
also show all buildings and units in these provinces, and what the title of
office grants the governer of these provinces.

Early Period
------------

Province: Hungary
Buildings: Fort + Motte + Bailey, Town Watch, Horse Farmer
Units: 3 units of 40 Horse Archers, 1 unit of 100 Peasants
Title of Office: +2 Loyalty 

Province: Carpathia
Buildings: None
Units: 1 unit of 40 Horse Archers, 1`unit of 100 Peasants
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty, +2 Dread

Province: Croatia
Buildings: None
Units: 1 unit of 40 Horse Archers, 1 unit of 100 Peasants, 1 unit of 21 
Royal Knights (King)
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty

High Period
-----------

Province: Hungary
Buildings: Castle, Improved Farmland 60%, Horse Breeder's Guild, Armourer, 
Town Militia, Bowyer's Guild, Spearmaker's Guild, Royal Palace
Units: 1 unit of 40 Mounted Sergeants, 1 unit of 40 Mounted Crossbowmen, 1
unit of 100 Spearmen, 1 unit of 21 Royal Knights (King)
Title of Office: +2 Loyalty

Province: Carpathia
Buildings: None
Units: 1 unit of 40 Mounted Crossbowmen, 2 units of 100 Peasants
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty +2 Dread

Province: Croatia
Buildings: Watch Towers
Units: 1 unit of 40 Mounted Crossbowmen, 1 unit of 100 Peasants
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty

Late Period
-----------

Province: Hungary
Buildings: Citadel, Border Fort, Armourer's Guild, Bowyer's Guild, Horse 
Breeder's Guild, Improved Farmland 60%, Royal Palace, Spearmaker's Guild, 
Town Militia, Baronial Court, Swordsmith's Workshop, Metalsmith, Gunsmith's
Guild, Church
Units: 1 unit of 40 Chivalric Knights, 1 unit of 40 Mounted Crossbowmen, 1 
unit of 60 Handgunners, 1 unit of 21 Royal Knights (King)
Title of Office: +2 Loyalty

Province: Carpathia
Buildings: Castle, Border Fort, Church, Town Watch, Improved Farmland 20%, 
Horse Farmer 
Units: 1 unit of 60 Chivalric Men-at-Arms, 1 unit of 60 Crossbowmen, 1 unit of
100 Peasants
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty +2 Dread

Province: Croatia
Buildings: Keep, Watch Towers, Port, Town Watch, Church
Units: 1 unit of 60 Chivalric Men-at-Arms, 1 unit of 40 Mounted Crossbowmen,
1 unit of 100 Peasants
Title of Office: +1 Loyalty

5. The Hungarian Campaign

This section will cover the whole campaign as the Hungarians.  It mainly 
covers the Early Period, because it is the most crucial period of the game,
and sets you up for what you want to do later on in the game.  Bare in mind 
that, even though it appears so, this is not supposed to be a 'walkthrough'.
It is really just a guideline of what you should be aiming for, and each step
in the guide should be considered suggestions for your campaign: remember,
nothing as such is needed to be done in this game; you can rule your empire
however you want, this guide is really just that:  something that guides your
decisions, and gives you examples of what you could do with your empire.  I 
will start slowly with specific moves and the like, but I will eventually be
giving general suggestions.

Game Modes

There are two different game modes for the campaign (even though one of them 
encomposes both).  They are 'Attain victory by conquering all provinces', and
'Attain victory through Glorius Achievements'.  I highly recommend the Glorius
Achievements mode, as it is more fun and shows that you are accomplishing 
something.  Glorius Achievements for Hungarians may appear boring and bland at
first glance, but it really is balanced with the other factions.  While the
Hungarians have only the objectives of Homelands (Hungary, Carpathia, Croatia)
and Conquest, Conquest is a lot easier than other factions, who appear to be
able to score more points.  For Hungarians, one point is scored for every 
single province, but in other factions they have to capture four or five 
provinces just to get one conquest point.  In the end it is completely 
balanced. If you are up to a challenge then try the conquering all provinces
one, as Glorius Achievements for the Hungarians is Insanely Easy on the Easy
Difficulty.  I suggest using the normal difficulty with Glorius Achievements
for semi-experienced players, and Hard on either mode for veterans.  Expert 
Mode should only be attempted by the most experienced players.  That being 
said, I will try and make the campaign guide applicable to all game modes and
difficulty settings, even though it is really geared towards Glorius 
Achievements, and may appear too slow for a conquest game.  

Part 1 - The Balkans

Now, as you will see as you load up your Hungarian campaign, you do not really
start with all that much.  Croatia and Carpathia have nothing spare a unit of
peasants and a unit of horse archers (Croatia also has your king).  You will
want to build Forts in these provinces immediately.  Hungary has a few 
buildings, most notable of these being the Horse Farmer, which lets you train
Horse Archers and Horsemen.  But we'll get back to them later.  Hungary has a
unique unit, the Szekely, which is a kind of horse archer.   I suggest you 
start training these, so build a horse breeder.  If not, I suggest either a 
spearmaker so that you can start training infantry in Hungary, or a Royal 
Palace so that you can train emissaries and eventually Knights.  You will see
that you are bordered by four Factions: The Holy Roman Empire, The Polish, 
The Byzantines, and The Italians.  You are also bordered by three rebel 
provinces: Serbia, Wallachia, and Moldavia.  The latter of these is the most
valuable, purely for its capability to train Avar Nobles, arguably the best 
cavalry unit of the Early Period.  You will want to bring your full military
force to this province, so move your King and his horse archers to Hungary 
(leave the peasants), and start training either a unit of Horsemen or Horse 
Archers in Hungary for use next turn.  You will also need to assign the 
governers for your provinces.  For Hungary, you will want a high acumen 
general, so that you can make more profit from this already profitable 
province, so have a look at all of your generals to find the 'smartest' one.
Make sure his loyalty isn't to low, and drag the marker from Hungary, onto 
him.  For Croatia and Carpathia you will simply want a high loyalty general so
that they don't rebel.  Find some suitable generals and make them the 
governers.  You also start with an emissary and a princess.  Both can be used 
to forge alliances.  You will see the king of Poland in Poland, the King of 
Italy in Venice, and the King of Germany in Austria.  Just drag your agents
onto them.  If you want to ally with different nations, feel free to search 
the world for them.  Now that you have set your empire in motion, end the 
year.  Now you will see that your coffer has emptied considerably.  But, you
may have got a message that the Pope has awarded you 1000 florins.  This is
because your king has full piety.  Your buildings will have started their 
construction, and the Horsemen that you trained will be ready.  If you want
train another unit of Horsemen, do so.  Move the King and the Horse Archers
that you moved last turn, accompanied with the new Horsemen, into Carpathia.
Make sure your agents are active, and, if there is nothing else you want to
do, end the year.  You may have made some Florins this year, and again the 
Pope may have awarded you 1000 Florins.  You are now in a position where your
army can attack Moldavia, so join the extra unit of Horse Archers in Carpathia
(the one coupled with the peasants) with your bigger army, and drag them into
Moldavia.  Remember to train any units in Hungary you want, make sure your 
agents are active, then end the year.  The rebels in Moldavia whom you have
attacked may flee, but if they don't I suggest you command the attack 
personally, peppering them with arrows from your Horse Archers and Flanking
them with your other cavalry.  Once Moldavia is conquered, you will see that
your Forts in Croatia and Carpathia are built and your Horse Breeder in 
Hungary also.  This now leads onto the next part of your campaign, but first
I will say to remember to build a Fort in Moldavia, and to make sure there 
will not be a rebellion, by lowering the taxes, providing more units from 
Carpathia, and assigning a high loyalty governer.

Part 2 - An Army marches on its Stomach

Now that you have simple fortifications up in your provinces, it is time for 
some peace and prosperity.  You will now want to develop your cities so that
you can make a tidy income, while still keeping a fine military eye out.  
Considering that your empire is largely landlocked, and your only trading
province so far is Moldavia, the key to this is farmland, and mines.  Hungary
is a big farming province, and Croatia has mines.  Carpathia has a combination
of the both.  Once you have quailed any possible rebellions in Moldavia with
reinforcements (peasants) from Carpathia, you should move your military force
from Moldavia, combined with any trained Szekely from Hungary, to attack 
Wallachia.  Use the same tactics as you did to conquer Moldavia, and you 
should have a new province.  You may need some more assisstance to prevent
rebellions.  Meanwhile, you should be building farmland in Hungary and 
Carpathia, Mines in Croatia, and, after you have finished the Fort in Moldavia
your main aim there is to train Avar Nobles.  To do this I suggest building in
this order: Farmland 20%, Horse Farmer, Horse Breeder, Town Watch, Spearmaker,
Keep, Armourer.  This will take 22 years.  You should also train Szekely in 
Hungary, Slav Warriors in Croatia (just one or two units to send into Serbia 
after it is conquered to prevent rebellion there), and Peasants in Carpathia
(to prevent rebellion in Moldavia and Wallachia).  Make sure your list of 
allies is growing, also.  Keep building farmland and mines in all provinces,
and capture Serbia.  Assign governers if it hasn't bee done yet, and keep a
reasonable garrison in each province.  Soon your annual income will be 1000+
Florins, and when it is, you can start building military buildings in Hungary,
upgrade to a Keep, start building ships in Croatia - or anything else you want
to do.  But once you get the facilities to train Avar Nobles, start pumping 
them out.  I also highly recommend capturing Kiev aswell as Moldavia, so that
you can train Steppe Cavalry and Steppe Heavy Cavalry.  After you have the
required buildings for Avar Nobles, you also should start a trading port in 
Moldavia, by building a shipwright, ships, and making a line of them to
trading ports such as Venice, Constantinople. Egypt, Antioch, and Tripoli.
Once you have trained enough Avar Nobles, and any other units, it is time for
your first real military campaign.

Part 3 - Eastern Europe   

Now your empire is ready for some expansion, and there are three prime areas
for this.  You can either push west and war with the Holy Roman Empire, move
South-East and fight with the Byzantine Empire, or go north and attack the
Polish.  The easiest target is Poland, their armies are made up largely of
Slav Warriors and Javelinmen, and these units fair very poorly against your
own armies.  They also have few provinces, and usually have less influence and
therfore allies than your own faction.  You can launch your armies from 
Hungary into Poland and from Moldavia into Volhynia (which they usually 
conquer).  Apart from these provinces, they will have Silesia, and most 
likely Prussia, Pomerania, and Lithuania (these last three provinces are 
extremely rebellion-prone, so this could be their own undoing, or yours). Just
make sure that you aren't excommunicated; assault the castles, move quickly,
because it just may give the Germans another excuse to attack you. And they 
will.  One way or another you'll probably end up in a war with the German
Holy Roman Empire.   And although they have a lot of land, their armies aren't
usually of the best quality, and they are nearly always at war with either the
French or the Italians.  If for some reason you do not end up warring with the
Germans, the Byzantine lands could be a good choice for your further
expansion.  They are always at war with the Turks and Egyptians, who both have
massive armies, so if you happen to strike at the oppurtune moment, they may
be at war on three fronts.  They are also extremely Slav-happy, but they have
very, very good units, most notably the Byzantine Infantry, Byzantine Lancers,
and Kataphraktoi, which are their version of Royal Knights.  They can be 
quelled pretty easily if attacked in this fashion, but just remember that
they have a fairly developed navy, and that you will need to have one also in
order to defeat them.  I cannot stress how important it is to have complete
naval domination over enemy factions, no matter who you are playing as.  If
you can send endless amounts of troops to the other side of Europe without 
them ever touching you, you are unstoppable.  If you have pushed further into
Western Europe you may come into conflict with the French, English or
Italians, but they are also usually fighting on more than one front.  Also,
you may come into contact with one of the Iberian civilisations, and these are
usually the most powerful, dangerous, and treacherous.  If you are playing in
conquest mode, your best bet would be to muster up all of the mercernaries you
can before launching a full scale assault on them (either the Spanish or the
Almohads).  If you are playing in Glorius Achievements mode, you may very well
have gotten the maximum conquest points possible, so you might want to 
concentrate on your empire than further expansion.  Keep building more 
upgrades in Moldavia and Hungary (and Kiev if you have it), and set up some
trading ports.  You will need a lot of money and military power to survive
the coming onslaught.

Part 4 - The Khan of the Golden Horde

As you reach the year 1205, the start of the High Period, you will probably
already have the required buildings in some provinces to build many of the 
new High Period units.  These include the Chivalric Sergeants, Chivalric
Men-at-arms, and Arbalesters.  Do not stop building these until the Golden
Horde has been defeated.  You may also notice that you can no longer build
Avar Nobles, which is a shame, but now you can build Chivalric Knights.  By
the year 1230 you should have a huge army, and I suggest that if you had taken
Khazar, Volga-Bulgaria or Georgia, you should let rebels or other factions 
take them.  The Mongols will enter in these provinces, with a massive army of
incredible units.  The Mongol Heavy Cavalry is the most dangerous of these,
but Halberdiers eat them for breakfast.  It is quite possible that the 
Byzantines have tried to fight them off (if they are still around), but they
usually retreat.  Wait until their army spreads across the Steppe, then join
your armies and send them all in together.  Keep pumping out more troops, and
the Mongol threat will eventually diminish and be gone totally.  Just make
sure you conquer the Steppe lands and keep them free of rebellion, otherwise
the Mongols may return.    

Part 5 - The Great Hungarian Empire: The End of your Campaign.

Now that the major obstacle that was keeping you from unleashing your full 
force and dominating the world is gone, you can do so with ease. Take out the
Middle East and North Africa if you haven't done so already, using your 
supreme navy, and then crush the Iberian civilisations.  Now al that should be
left is Italy, and possibly some of Scandinavia and western Europe such as
England.  Muster up your full force, but keep in mind that the bigger your
empire the more prone to rebellion it is, so keep large garrisons.  Beat down
the papacy and his neighbours, then round up the remaining factions and 
swallow them up.  Of course, this sounds a lot easier than it actually is, so,
if you are playing conquest, you may want to opt for 60% domination, or if 
you are on Glorius Achievements mode, you may want to sit it out till the year
1453, growing rich, and fortifying your borders.  Either way you should be
able defeat the other players using these tactics, so, good luck.

6. Contact Info

I am open to readers sending me any questions, comments, suggestions, or 
errors that I have made by e-mail.
My e-mail address is: animalboy72@hotmail.com

Full credit will be given to the sender if their information is used in this
guide.

7. Legal Info.

This guide is Copyright 2004 David Garland

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other 
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
violation of copyright.


                                     End Guide

 

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