Just started a new game World AI = insane, enemy AI = ridiculous (to reduce the boni they get from the start a bit, computer AI should be max nevertheless?)
Custom hero: beastlord, race: custom
The night started, and Graupel was born, a beastmaster. Lucky as he is, he spotted a 4/3/2 field to settle his capitla in turn 1. Founded. Don't lose too mayn turns before you found your capital. Speed is all, he knows. That's why he buys this overprized bitch for 144 gold (level 1 mage) only 1 square from his new capital. For the capital provides 1 movepoint, he can recruit her in turn 1. Explore, costy maid, do it!
Next couple of turns: first thing is swapping weapons with Graupel. She looks like she is no-good overall, but at least she ahs a magic staff with 6 magic fire attack. so she gets the bad starting bow from Graupel.
Damn, we lost 1 turn now to swap weapons..but its worth it.
Graupel kills 1 wildling to get his first level up. The maidservant finds a healing potion (yes, all crap, i promised my followers to reload less ) and a cheap leather helmet that would nearly make me rue this decision, but be it. She keeps the crap.
Graupel spots a cave bear. He has cast tutelage, the mana + 1 per essence spell + inspiration in turn 1, so he is low on mana. We need to save 40 mana for thast beast! Let's plunder that ruin then. Ah, a collar to catch a beast! there we go, 2 turns later we own a completely healthy cave bear level 4, serves for a start. Besides, in it's lair we find a nice cloak providing + 2 defense and + 50 cold resist. Graupel has -20% spell resist as a weakness, so that fight come in handy.
Please note, dear fans: 2 encounters and no reload since. Mana is growing, for Graupel keeps the dicipline and does NOT invest in strategic spells which will cost him of course zero mana per turn due to the clever investment in the crown (you know it). Nevertheless, he needs to save ervybit of mana and won't use it in battle, if it can be avoided.
Meanwhile, the useless girl finds a book "the Art of the fist" + 1 attack. Graupel will develop into a powerhouse, so that will serve him well. 2 turns later he sadly recognizes, that there is a bug. No attack provided by the book ;(.
break: first reload necessary, there you go, Ironman-fans. If i knew, i would at least have sold that book for 18 gold. But i won't forgo 18 gold or +1 attack becuase of a bug. RELOAD number 1.
Graupel needs to level. 2 squares afare is a balck widow level. Let's use the new cave bear. Short fight, bear is barely injured, but we won of course.
Graupel smiles, and the concubine continues to explore capturing a library, Shards + Charms now finsihed, heroes only 13 seasons away (game speed = normal)
To be continued.