I wish there was a way to start a general “1650 Gunboat Strategies and Mistakes” post, that could have sub-threads for each nation, but I don’t see how to do that, so I’m making a separate post for each nation that I want to discuss.
I play a lot of 1650 Gunboat and I just want to put a word in here, for discussion, that I think that the most important missions for Din Ohtar are:
- Protect 3822. As an Eothraim I once sent an army around only to have my commander taken out at 3922 to my shock. Of course, the LR cavalry can also protect, though typically only for one turn of blocking.
- Potentially guard the CloudLord capital. In the same game, as the North Gondor, I had sent all my troops southeast of Mordor, again to have a shock when at 3631 my army commander was assassinated (by Din Ohar per a nation message). I’m still not sure how the player realized that I was doing this, but perhaps they used their extra commander from 3329 to recon at 3028 on turn 1 to see if I was gathering my forces.
- Take out the bridge at 2924, and then 2927. This is most important to stop the flow of troops from North and South Gondor.and give Mordor some relief.
a second task for the Long Rider only applies if Uvatha is in charge of the LC army at 3230. This puts him in position to protect the QA’s vulnerable small popcenters from a Gondor cavalry force. Instead of doing the obvious and going into North Harad, he can march to 3334 and remove the bridge which is a BIG help to the QA who can virtually be bled to death by the loss of his eastern holdings, and against which he can do little.
After taking out the bridge, Uvatha can move against Harad’s southern towns if he wishes.
I feel strongly that these, especially #3