Louix IX and the humans for France are your default setting, but you could play the falling Ayyubid dynasty near the verge of collapse while the rising Marmeluks and peasant rebellion threatens to end the dynasty set by Salah-al-Din, or Saladin
The Templars have the holding of Acre, Mongols are invading in force, and the Assasains control the south eastern deserts
I like the reduction of magic, but the high starting funds allowed me to purchase all of the neutral cities and armies located in Turkey. Also might want to consider turning leaders off, as the comps leaders were kind of easy to kill, and their armies became purchasable. It was a very geographically accurate map, and lots of fun.
nomonhan File Author
Posted on 06/12/06 @ 03:26 PM
I had to keep leaders on, historically the French forces get crushed at Mansurah, and then the Ayyubids fall to a peasant uprising within a year, so they have to kill that leader and then buy off the remains of his army.
Furthermore the Mongol invasion did not last long, and after the Khan died, his army eventually blended into eastern Muslim society. So it was a trade off to keep some of the main events able to occur, even thought the computer doesn't always want to comply.