Bridges & Fords

If there is a bridge or ford crossing a river on the campaign map, and an army is standing close to it when they are attacked, the resulting battle will occur at the crossing, so the battlefield will feature the river and at least one bridge or ford. Remember, if you are the defender you may have to defend two crossings or you could use the second one to your advantage!

Attacking a River Crossing

When attacking across a river, try to soften up the enemy on the far bank by bombarding them with missiles first. Once they are weakened, your assault has a better chance of succeeding.

Defending a River Crossing

When defending a river crossing it may be best to stand back in order to stay out of range of enemy missile troops. When their main force starts to cross, rush a couple of units up to stop them. Also be wary of multiple crossings.

Woods & Forests

Be careful when fighting in woods or forests, cavalry will be far less effective due to the restrictions on movement provided by tree cover. Similarly, siege weapons can be fired when deployed in a wood or forest, but their effectiveness will be greatly reduced due to the proximity of the trees.

Land Masses

There are many small islands and outcrops of rock protruding from the seas. They cannot be crossed, it is necessary to carefully row around them. They can be fired over, depending on the size of the ship in question and whether there are archers on board.

Shallow Water

Coastal areas and islands may have areas of shallow water nearby. Your ships cannot cross shallow water for fear of running aground, it is only possible to row around it. It is possible to identify shallow water by the dark rock patches or coral reefs under the surface when near a coastline.