"Celtic Kings: Rage of War" is a unique blend of role-playing and real-time strategy warfare. Although a number of other games have attempted to synthesise these genres, "Celtic Kings" was notable for diluting neither in the process, bringing a fully realised and highly complex gaming experience to the market. Winning the game doesn't require following a specific set of steps, as might be typical in an adventure or puzzler game, but instead, players must balance a number of strategic considerations to end the war between their Gaulish and Roman adversaries.
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Conquer villages to gain access to food production. Food is necessary to keep your troops in good health. Without it, they'll become weak and less effective in battle. They will never die of starvation, though.
Protect your villages and supply lines from attack by leaving combat units in vulnerable territories. Particularly important locations should be guarded with a hero and his full squadron.
Disrupt your opponent's supply lines. Just because your enemy has a village does not mean the food will reach his soldiers. It must be carried to warriors via caravans or ships. Attacking supply lines can weaken enemies before an assault.
Conscript soldiers in villages. Initially, they will be weak and poorly trained, but as with many role-playing games, you can train them over time.
Train your new recruits using a hero unit. Fresh units are weak and easily killed. To give them a fighting chance, raise their level through noncombat training. The benefits of training eventually cap out at level 12; however, after which units will need to engage in real combat.
Engage your trained soldiers in combat. Every time a unit successfully defeats an adversary, it gains further experience. Through these means, a green recruit can rapidly become a deadly veteran. Veterans will form the backbone of an effective military, as a single competent warrior can take down half a dozen less-experienced opponents.
Explore maps and search for important leaders. These leaders can give you special quests, which will allow you to make allies, recruit new heroes and acquire religious artefacts. All these factors will help you become an unstoppable military force.
Align yourself with one of the factions by completing its missions. Once you've acquired a faction's trust, it will give you harder quests with greater rewards. In the process, you'll bring more and more of the game world under your control and get closer to complete victory.
Beat the game by completing one of the story arcs. Each faction has its own arc with unique missions, meaning that even after you've followed the story all the way to its conclusion, you can replay the game and side with a different faction for a new experience.
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