With chinese I did a strategy, that would have been completely useless against hardest barbie. If done right, that strategy would work wonders against real players. With franks I wanted to win again against hardest. And this strategy with franks probably works better against hardest barbie than against real people. Hardest barbie just gets scared when they see a frank castle. You can see a lot of yellow wet spots on the grass while they retreat when the castle is up.
First, let’s start with a wider picture about franks. They get cheaper castles and have really strong cavaliers and paladins. Their knights are nothing special, except the +2 LOS. That +2 line of sight helps with raiding. You might even see crossbows sooner than they see you if they don’t have fletching. Franks are kinda weak in dark and feudal ages. Better skip those. With these in mind, here comes the plan.
Let’s drush and do some minimal walling, do a fast castle and drop a defensive castle. Barbie, due to his cheating, gets out incredibly fast a huge feudal age army – almost unstoppable. The drush serves two purposes: distract barbie’s army and villagers long enough, while I reach castle age and drop that castle. The castle is essential to defend against barbie. Without going scouts and doing damage early, it’s really hard to keep up with hardest. So I’m in castle age, with my base relatively safe. Time to raid. A lot. Otherwise barbie just overwhelms with army and cheated resources used for insanely fast upgrades. So I constantly raid with two groups of knights. This is extremely effective against barbie, but it should be equally effective also against real players, who doesn’t wall. Behind this I boom to imperial age as fast as possible, while still raiding. Once in imperial age time to push with castles, trebs, paladins and throwing axeman as backup. It’s a really costly army, but also very strong. I’m not sure if I’m getting better or barbie can’t handle this strategy, but it was almost an easy game against it.
Let’s look at the build now. With franks only 2 villagers in dark age and 2 in feudal age are enough on stone to gather enough resources for a castle. There are probably two variants to follow up this build. Either do a double stable or adding more villagers on stone once clicking castle age for faster TCs to boom. Here is the rough build until clicking castle. It is probably a bad idea to follow this to the point, I never do…
6 on sheep
4 on wood
1 boar (8 on boar, 1 building a mill and 4 on wood)
3 on berries (last one builds a house)
1 gold then wood
1 on berries
(you should be at 20 pop – 4 on wood, 1 on stragglers, 5 on berries, the rest under the TC)
4 to wood (make 8 at lumber camp, do militia in the meantime)
2 to gold
2 to stone
also start building farms and push (or mill) deer
2-3 on stragglers then farms until you are able to click up (go more vills if you plan to wall more
(at the time of clicking up, you will have around 5-7 farmers, 5 berries, 2 gold, 2 stone, 8 on wood, rest on stragglers, deer or under the TC)
send 2 new villagers to stone then click up and send 1 more to gold
Now you can either send more to stone or more to gold to afford more TCs or 2 stable knights. Once in Castle Age, drop a defensive castle, constantly raid and try to boom. Go Imperial age, research cavailer and paladin and mass army with throwing axeman. And that’s basically it. GG
This was my game against hardest barbie. I’m not sure, but this might be the first time I beat hardest latish in imperial. Anyways, next up goths!