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    Mark A Vandermeulen
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    Enemy army strenght?

    On Fri, 16 Jul 1999, Soviet wrote:

    >
    > ok since the npc domain description doesn't mention armies, how do you calculate
    > this?
    > recently in my campaign the PC have considered anexing a province of another
    > domain, this will obviosly will escalate in an all out war. I want to be fair
    > assigning the army strenght of the enemy...any ideas?

    I've run across this problem as well, and here is my solution for it.
    First I assess whether the "opponent nation" is naturally militaristic
    (like Ghoere) or whether they have other reasons for a build-up in their
    nation's army. Then I compute that nation's maximum tax income in a
    turn, using either high taxes (militaristic) or medium taxes (otherwise),
    and use that "money" to "buy" a number of units to represent the normal
    "standing army." (Using the muster cost here, not the maintenance cost.)
    Beyond that, I generally assume that if a nation has an agreement with a
    Temple (i.e. a "state religion") then that Temple is probably supporting
    at least one additional unit of knights (or something else appropriate if
    the god isn't Haelyn). After that, role-play the nation as an NPC, and
    purchase what units the budget allows and seem in character as turns
    progress.

    Mark VanderMeulen
    vander+@pitt.edu
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    Enemy army strenght?

    At 08:48 16.07.99 -0400, you wrote:
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    >On Fri, 16 Jul 1999, Soviet wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> ok since the npc domain description doesn't mention armies, how do you
    calculate
    >> this?
    >> recently in my campaign the PC have considered anexing a province of
    another
    >> domain, this will obviosly will escalate in an all out war. I want to be
    fair
    >> assigning the army strenght of the enemy...any ideas?
    >
    >I've run across this problem as well, and here is my solution for it.
    >First I assess whether the "opponent nation" is naturally militaristic
    >(like Ghoere) or whether they have other reasons for a build-up in their
    >nation's army. Then I compute that nation's maximum tax income in a
    >turn, using either high taxes (militaristic) or medium taxes (otherwise),
    >and use that "money" to "buy" a number of units to represent the normal
    >"standing army." (Using the muster cost here, not the maintenance cost.)
    >Beyond that, I generally assume that if a nation has an agreement with a
    >Temple (i.e. a "state religion") then that Temple is probably supporting
    >at least one additional unit of knights (or something else appropriate if
    >the god isn't Haelyn). After that, role-play the nation as an NPC, and
    >purchase what units the budget allows and seem in character as turns
    >progress.
    >
    >Mark VanderMeulen
    >vander+@pitt.edu
    >

    I have a somewhat heavier system..through a large Excel document I am more
    or less following the expenses (especially military) of all the lands
    surrounding Tuornen in my campaign, which translates into: Ghoere,
    Boeruine, Avanil, Alamie, Endier, Five Peaks (through my own "PS"), Caine,
    MB, Rhoubhe... There in the document I have their army and naval rooster as
    well as their holdings and income, vassals etc... That way I always knows
    when the players "ask" about troop strengths....
    How did I find the inital figures ?? I beleive I used the RoE data at least
    as a guideline and as Mark said I modified that for my own liking and for
    the way they were portrayed... and also for simple play balance ....Endier
    has a very large army compared to landmass, because I don't want my
    militaristic players to simply march in and take the land.....
    (Send me a private email if you want a copy of that excel file)

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    Soviet
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    Enemy army strenght?

    ok since the npc domain description doesn't mention armies, how do you calculate
    this?
    recently in my campaign the PC have considered anexing a province of another
    domain, this will obviosly will escalate in an all out war. I want to be fair
    assigning the army strenght of the enemy...any ideas?
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    Joao Clark Medeiros
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    Enemy army strenght?

    Soviet wrote:
    >
    > ok since the npc domain description doesn't mention armies, how do you calculate
    > this?
    > recently in my campaign the PC have considered anexing a province of another
    > domain, this will obviosly will escalate in an all out war. I want to be fair
    > assigning the army strenght of the enemy...any ideas?

    I generally give them between half to a third of average income worth of maintanence
    cost. So a realm with average income of six GB might get an infantry and an archer,
    and if they are militaristic perhaps another infantry.

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    Olesens
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    Enemy army strenght?

    > ok since the npc domain description doesn't mention armies, how do you calculate
    > this?
    > recently in my campaign the PC have considered anexing a province of another
    > domain, this will obviosly will escalate in an all out war. I want to be fair
    > assigning the army strenght of the enemy...any ideas?

    I usually do about half thier income (after court, maintenence, etc) on military.
    Realms like Ghoere or Avanil (who'd make about 100 GB every turn) have more (maybe
    75% troops, leaving a turn income of 25 GB). Oh, be sure to factor diplomacy into
    war (I'll help you if you sign this alliance, or, from the lawful goody goody, stop
    this war now or i'll join your enemy.)
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