So, I travelled back to a previous save, killed the air shrills again, and then before i could get to Magnar, this random event kicked in. Oddly, this event appears to have no impact on the AIs’ thought process as in the very next turn:
I decide that I should probably take Magnar up on his generous offer. While I was aiming to enslave all his settlements, I haven noticed something: somewhere in-between the air shrills, the bug, the reloading, the air shrills again, and repeatedly killing Lord Magnar, it looks like Yithril have increased their strength. A lot
The winds of fate blow fair for Blackstead and, as the town is far away from dangerous borders (and boats don’t exist in this game as far as I can tell) the inhabitants devote themselves to a life af academic study.
This seem to be going pretty well. The scoreboard on the left suggests that I’m in second place, and only narrowly behind Yithril. And my new friends, the Tarth have offered up a trade treaty. Hopefully this will lead to an economic boom and I can expand outwards as quickly as possible.
Except that Magnar have gone and declared war on me. And attacked some of my pet spiders.
Well, I guess this means war! I quickly mobilize Nabeanice and friends for a counter attack. Which goes well! Magnar is dead!
So much for that.
This sequence of events continues for a while: I move into Magnar’s territory and get ready to strike on a city. The invincible Magnar somehow sneaks behind my army and harasses any en route reinforcements or threatens to take out my outposts. Which should be guarded, but I’m low on troops. Actually, the whole game is a little low on troops, which is maybe why the tactical combat part of the game still feels pretty pointless. This is something the Total War series does a lot lot better.
Anyway, back to the war with Magnar. Except, there are loads and loads of air shrills getting in the way. As in, several armies full of air shrills. And as far as I can tell, they don’t belong to Magnar. Although, they don’t appear to be attacking him either. I know that if that many air shrills showed up on my doorstep, I’d be out of the game by now.
So, time to kill some air shrills.
After I fight off the 3rd and final army of air shrills, I find that my army has made it into Curgen’s Hold, Magnar’s capital city.
Except that I haven’t captured Curgen’s Hold. In fact, it’s still heavily defended. And my army is somewhat damaged after fighting off the air elemental and shrills. And, my army can’t move.
It appears that my only option is to attack the city. Which was my original plan, but it now a suicidal idea, as my army needs to recover and reinforce after fighting off several waves of those beasties.
Let’s try again: nope, still can’t move.
Still can’t move.
Bugger. When was my last backup save?
Let me start by pointing out one of the many little ways in which this game is annoying: picking up loot. First of all, there’s a pop-up telling you that your hero has found something:
But of course, it doesn’t tell you what you’ve found: you have to first get rid of this redundant window and click ok. Then it will tell you what you have found, and, in an attempt to be helpful, the game gives you the option of equipping it straight away:
Except that it gives no indication of how good the item is, or it it will interfere with your current kit. So you have to dismiss this window, and then click to bring up your heroes inventory and then decide:
Stupid game. Anyway, I was exploring and lands around Hadgast…
Elemental is a game I want to like. Perhaps I’m just to old to get sucked in properly? Perhaps my recent passion for Go has made me realise that most computer strategy games have very little strategy in them. Perhaps the game just isn’t very good. The first instalment, War of Magic, certainly wasn’t. I played it once and didn’t really enjoy it very much. But that was War of Magic. Since then, Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, and it has the guy behind CivIV:FfH2 involved, which is a game I really like (although haven’t played as much as I’d like). Fallen Enchantress can out a while ago, and has been through the usual cycle of game mechanic and balance changing patches. Now that v1.3 is out, Stardock have turned their attention to the next game in the series: Elemental: Legendary Heroes. And while the buzz around the beta seems to be pretty positive, I’m not really a fan of betas. So, I’m going to play Ele:FE instead!