Paradox Interactive Steam Code Giveaway: Your Finest Strategy Moment

TPG, in conjunction with Paradox Interactive, are giving away three (3) Steam codes each for Crusader Kings II and King Arthur II. The three chosen winners will receive a Steam code for both titles.  To enter, use the comment section to post a story about your finest moment in a PC strategy game.

The Rules:

  • No Profanity
  • One entry, per person, per e-mail address, per IP
  • 48 Hours Only
  • Post your first name and last initial
  • Post your finest RTS moment

TPG team members will decide on winners based on their favorite stories.  The individuals with winning entries will be contacted via e-mail with their Steam code shortly after the contest has concluded.

This contest is now over.  The winners are: Balazas, Sam and Gavin.  Thanks to all who participated.

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18 thoughts on “Paradox Interactive Steam Code Giveaway: Your Finest Strategy Moment

  1. Lol well when I was new to Canada, I didn’t know much English because my family had just migrated here, my cousins had Age of Empires on their PC and every time that I had gone over their house for a sleepover I would also stand over their shoulders and be amazed by the game. I would always want to play it, I didn’t know how to speak English that well so I would tell my cousin “Lets go play Age of Bempires” Lol because I didn’t know how to pronounce it correctly. I would begin to play but I wouldn’t know what I’m doing so my cousin would always build a base & huge army for me and I would just attack the enemy and feel like a boss when I won even though I didn’t do much work 😛

  2. I have some amazing strategy moments from back in the days when i was a kid and we could spend 10 hours a day playing imperium galactica and mass-spamming legionaires in caesar 3 , but our best pc strategy moment was two weeks ago in Shogun 2: Total War. It was a co-op multiplayer game on “hard” difficulty, I was playing as the mighty chosokabe and i had one of my worst starts in my TW history and was completely dominated on my island by turn 30 or so. My daiymo died, I’ve lost my capital and was barricaded back in my last town on the upper left part of the island. Then the new ruler of the island attacked my last castle. I already alterted my mate who had a pretty decent run and already started to pack his units in boats and was sending them to help my fight off our enemies. So CPU attacked my castle with a HUGE force (3 generals fully stacked with a balanced force).

    I was a 20-80 underdog, had some cavalry, 4-5 units of chosokabe bow ashigaru and some bow samurais, plus 3-4 melee units (samurai retainers, yaris etc) AND one no-dachi samurai. luckily i already had the extra ammunition perk so i was just kiting the enemy with my archers meanwhile i was flanking and ganking with my cavalry. unluckily my units went down very fast against the overwhelming force of the attackers. at the end i was left with my samurai retainers and the no daichi samurais plus 50-60 archers left from different groups. i started defending the flanks of my remaining archers with the retainers and using the no-dachi as shock troopers charging into the enemy.

    i managed to shatter most of his ashigaru units one by one, but my no-dachi unit was winded and tired and i had only 4-5 soldiers left. meanwhile i lost _all_ of my other units, so i had this only unit with 4-5 soldiers and the enemy still had one unit of yari ashigaru on 40-50% health (that means like 50-60 units). somehow, and i still dont know how my 4-5 soldiers fought these guys off at the centre of my castle. by the time his last unit of ashigaru got shattered and running away I HAD ONE SOLDIER LEFT. ONE PIECE OF NO-DACHI SAMURAI defending the flag. winded, alone, tired, but he fought off everyone and i managed to get a win. next turn my buddy arrived with his troops, we took back my island in like 10-12 turns and then managed eventually to win the game. was hell of a ride, and i never thought that i will ever managed to win in a situtation like this holding my last castle with a handful of units versus a huge force. this is why you gotta love Shogun 2 🙂

  3. My finest strategy moment was definitely my discovery of Heroes of Might of Magic, the first of the series. My friend and I installed the demo from a PC Gamer disc, without any special expectations. We were instantly engrossed by the music, the colorful graphics and the whole treasure map aspect of the game. We installed the game in the afternoon, but just couldn’t let go and spent the whole night and part of the following morning vanquishing wandering monsters, collecting treasure and fighting enemy heroes.

    I think I was won over to turn-based strategy games for life that day(/night) 🙂 ! It was also the first PC game I purchased, doing small jobs for the neighborhood to get the necessary cash.

  4. I’m afraid there is actually only one strategy game I’ve been playing, and it was Starcraft. There were many finest moments in the game, just switching the race and look at the campaign from all three sides was brilliant. But there best thing I remember were commando missions. There was one in the Terran campaign at the 4th of 5th mission. I had to lead a team of marines through some colony base. There were only a few units so I quickly had a bond with them and didn’t want to loose any. it was a little bit of tactical approach after classic RTS missions. But then, in the middle of Zerg campaign there is a mission to infiltrate Amerigo vessel, with just awaken Kerrigan. The number of units are drastically limited, and there are no resources and no chance to reinforcements. I was just on my own and about 10 servants. In the narrow corridors of space vessel. And that’s after I used to feel the power of the swarm and fought in many open fields. I really felt claustrophobic. And this is my finest moment in a PC strategy game.

    • StarCraft was the only strategy game I ever got into. I played that game a lot. I know there are tons on the market, many of them high quakity, but I was never able to get into the genre.

  5. Discovering that some of my schoolmates also had fallen in love with Rome: Total War was pretty much a revelation for me back in the day. It soon ended in days spent waging huge battles in LAN cafes.

    One of these battles begun with the realization that our opponents had surprisingly chosen the (banned on aggreement) spam elephants technique (that was considered by everyone at the time quite a sissy (euphemism) technique, seeing how it used to work most of the time) and that we barely had any of the units necessary to fight such a force back.

    I quickly had the idea to form a special defending formation of spear units, enclosing our archers and our siege units inside, I don’t remember much in detail. Some lucky shots by our catapults resulted in one unit of elephants quickly going berserk, spreading chaos in our enemies ranks, and by the time their forces had reached our turtle-like formations they had almost been halved. Our fire archers and our spears barely managed to contain the rest of the elephants, and we had prevailed in what seemed to be an unlikely yet heroic victory. Awesomesauce. I just wish CA keep going on this tactic of providing sequels for their older TW games, and someday I hope to see a Rome 2. Cheers.

  6. Civilization 1, I was playing the Romans. Started of the capital city with 2 patch of oil resources and later a third city with 2 oil resources. Redirected all funds to research and got armor unit by 200BC. Zulus came over my city to demand for tributes with their spearmen! The government was still despotism so, singlehandedly crippled their cities one after another with just one armor unit.
    After this game, no matter how many times I retry, was never able to achieve this technological advantage again.

  7. I loved Civilisation 1 and spent many, many hours with it. I used to like playing a particular style of game, with the various nations spread across small to medium islands. I wanted to be isolated and focus on city building, then demolish the others when I had tanks, bombers, nukes and the like.

    One particular game was going perfectly. I had a decent sized island, my economy was successful and technology acquired quickly, and I’d not seen any sign of other civilisations. I started building my military forces and was preparing to scout the world…and then the Zulus nuked me. All over the place. Cities devastated. Units vapourised. I’ve no idea how the game ended, but the shock of those first missile strikes is one of my strongest gaming memories.

  8. Medieval II: Total War. I, as the English, had inevitably offended the pope (he’s a touchy fellah) and as such Milan, France and the Holy Roman Empire had stopped their traditional squabbling and driven me back to the very waters of the Channel. My few remaining longbowmen and a couple of units of spearmen were holed up in the fortress of Caen, with literally thousands of bloodthirsty soldiers heading their way. The relief force under construction back in Blighty wouldn’t be ready for several turns.

    The siege, when it came, was titanic. Genoese crossbowmen, elite cavalry and some serious siege equipment seemed to stretch across the whole field of battle. My troops took to the walls without hope of anything but taking as many with them as they could.

    Forth rolled the enemy. A blizzard of arrows met them, the English archers living up to their reputation in truly inspirational fashion. Italians died in droves, but still the ladders advanced. Finally the walls were reached, and the end seemed nigh. In desperation, I directed the archers to fire at the enemy general; were he to die, the inevitable attack on English soil might be delayed. This battle, however, was essentially over.

    The ragged lines of spearmen on the walls greeted the ladder-climbers with cold steel. They held for far longer than I’d dared hope, but still the enemy came forward. Just as they seemed on the cusp of breaking, the enemy general finally fell from his horse- the archers had done their work. Grimly satisfied, I sat back and prepared for the fortress to fall.

    Imagine my amazement when my men were not the ones to break. Disheartened by the loss of their leader, the Italians were turning tail and running! One by one they retreated, falling back. Finally the last unit gave up, leaving behind as ragged a group of Englishmen as had been seen since the Sex Pistols.

    That was not the last army to lay siege to Caen. Many more tried their hands at conquering the last citadel of the English, but like the first they broke like waves on the walls. This battle was the turning point of the whole campaign, and once the relief force arrived never again would it seem like England would be forced off the continent.

    Sam R

  9. My finest Strategy moment was the xmas / NY week some years ago when I was left alone at home (girlfriend went back home, friends ditto) with a copy of Rome: Total War. For just over seven days, I spent every waking hour plotting, conquering, battling, scheming, assassinating, and generally having loads of fun with what I still consider one of the best strategy games I have played.
    I think that was what you call an “everlasting moment”! Heh!

  10. I always loved strategy games, but I didn’t play too much of them until Warcraft 3 came out. Most of the time I played 2v2s as I liked playing many vs many, but my PC couldn’t handle 3v3 endgame. In fact we (one really good friend and me) played so many that we got in the top10 and once we had the chance to play against the rank 1 team on the European server.
    My teammate wanted to instantly quit the game, as he saw them playing before, and he said we had no chance. I told him to stay and play, we can learn even if they defeat us, and I really don’t like to give up. We went for an early rush but they could handle it, so we went to super defensive turtle mode, teched to air, and somehow managed to win in a really long game.
    It felt awesome. I knew they were better than us, but it didn’t matter in that game: we chose a better strategy and we won.

  11. Hah! Im glad someone mentioned Caesar 3 before (kudos to Luca!). I have serveral great RTS memories, but the best by far is connected to Caesar 3. I was 10 years old and our family had only one computer. This wasnt a problem until i recieved a copy of Caesar 3 for my birthday because not only me, but my 40 yr old dad (who never ever played a single PC or console game in his life before) got also addicted. From that day we had to share the computer.

    A common day looked like me playing from 4 pm till 10 pm then he took over and carried on till 2-3 am. Then at 7 we were both up discussing each others savegames and the status of our cities during breakfast. At one point (if i remember correctly after level 5) the game comes to crossroads and you have to decide whether you want to contintue on the military driven path or the economy driven one. I choose the former and my dad went for all out economy. After this our whole experience became even better because we were given completely different tasks and i was always looking at my dads cities while he was at work (and im sure he was also checking my great armies during the night).

    The top of our Caesar 3 experience was when we managed to finish the final (extremely difficult) map together. We had to start building the city over and over again like 10 times till we managed to win and he was kind enough to leave me with an almost-winning save game last day and when i load up the game it took only 15 minutes and we won the campaign. It just felt great. I was always really close to my dad, but the experience of this common addiction was really something we both remember today. I just talked to him a few minutes ago and he asked me if I could hook him up with a copy of Casear 3 on his laptop ^^

  12. Starcraft 2. I was playing against a good friend, Terran vs. Zerg. Neither of us are top level players. I got pretty destroyed early on by a 10-pool zergling rush, and was hobbling through the game. Battles are fought, and through an aborted base-race we end up in what seems like an unwinnable situation for me; I have 2 supply depots an 6 marines, he has a hatchery, 1 baneling and 4 zerglings, but not minerals to spend.

    At this point, I’m pretty sure I’ve lost, because the baneling is going to just melt my marines, but I decide to try splitting them up. If you watch SC2, you know this is a fairly common thing at a competitive level, but my micro is definitely not that good. In any case, I decide to go for it because it’s my only option. For the life of me I don’t know how I did it, but 3 seconds later the baneling has exploded and I’ve still got 4 marines left — more than enough to handle the 4 zerglings and destroy his hatchery. I’ve never successfully split my marines since, but for that one game I felt like seriously gosu.

  13. When I was young I was given money to buy myself a brand new game! Pretty soon I got hold of C & C Red Alert : Retaliation for the PlayStation and a console link cable to boot. That game came on two discs, which was awesome – I could invite a friend round with his PlayStation and we could hook up the two consoles for what was my very first LAN game.

    We were both new to the “playing multiplayer strategy games” thing, so we spent far too much time building up armies and defences until we actually exhausted the map of resources – at that point we were forced to engage. Struggling to control a strategy game on a PlayStation controller, I took the first move.

    A throw-away force of infantry probed towards his base to scout out the defences and die horribly while doing so – and they were melted down quite quickly by a wall of Tesla Coils…. and by wall, I mean he had actually built a wall of them stretching across the map. The fleeing survivors were mown down by some sort of stealth tank army he had built, and he laughed – he knew that I couldn’t get past his forces and defences without crippling my army.

    So he thought anyway – luckily I had built an absurd number of airfields in the corner, and within seconds my MIG’s would have crippled his power production and my Mammoth tanks would sweep his forces aside. Victory was in my…

    Ah. He’d unplugged the link cable.

    The last LAN strategy game I played until Sins of a Solar Empire came out, it put me off it for a long time!

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