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Topic Subject:The Tower Switch of Sparta
Vriesea
Pleb
posted 01-14-01 01:02 ET (US)         
Sparta is an example where you can use a military gauntlet (see following glyph). Gauntlets are a series of towers which the enemy has no choice but to pass though. In Sparta, I placed the towers on both sides of the river bank (the glyph shows a road connecting both sides but it is actually a bridge). In Sparta, the enemy must pass through the gauntlet, right to left, before it can reach shore, in doing so the tower guards are able to rain their spears down on the enemy ships inflicting considerable damage.

One of the problems with the gauntlet is the number of military personnel that are needed to man the towers. In the example Iíve sketched it uses 20 towers at 15 guards/tower, thatís a whooping 300 military personnel just to man the towers. And weíre not even talking about rabble and trireme personnel that will also be enlisted to repel the enemy.

But one thing we can take advantage is the time the enemy takes to run the gauntlet. It really does not make sense to man all towers because the enemy will be entering one side and slowly moving to the other side. If we can figure out a way to only man the portion of the gauntlet that the enemy is passing through that would be much more effective.

This can be done by adding a road switch. As you are aware, towers will only be manned if they have a road back to the Palace. The road switch allows us to man the right side of the gauntlet, or the left side of the gauntlet depending what side the enemy is in. This can be done because it takes only seconds to set the road switch and transfer the tower guards to the other side (see road settings in gylph).

Note: This gauntlet is used to repel enemy ships. But it would be easy to create a defense of towers to repel enemy troops. I would envision a maybe 4 levels of towers that the enemy toops would have to pass through. The first two levels could be on one position of the road switch the next two levels could be on the other position.

In addition, you can use these tower switches to selectively man sets of towers in certain parts of the map that are in close proximity to the enemy.

Good gaming,
Vriesea

[This message has been edited by Vriesea (edited 01-14-2001).]

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Vriesea
Pleb
posted 01-14-01 01:12 ET (US)     1 / 3       
Here is the tower switch:


Legend

Note:

Road pattern on left side can be used to only man the left most towers.
Road pattern on right side can be used to only man the right most towers.
Road pattern currently connecting towers will man all towers (not recommended).

Hope this provides ideas in defending your city.

Good gaming,
Vriesea

[This message has been edited by Vriesea (edited 01-14-2001).]

Vriesea
Pleb
posted 01-14-01 01:20 ET (US)     2 / 3       
Note: If you are not seeing the full twenty towers and the three switches on the previous post you need to go to a full screen (remove the "Favorites" or left frame in your browser).

Good gaming,
Vriesea

[This message has been edited by Vriesea (edited 01-14-2001).]

SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-14-01 12:04 ET (US)     3 / 3       
Brilliant! This is a great strategy that will help everyone who has ever thought "I wish I could turn on only some of my towers".
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