jimcrowley wrote:I strongly suspect that I will be forced to play the Royalists in many of the English civil war battles - and I am a roundhead
You will be able to play as Parliament vs the AI in 3 of the 10 ECW scenarios (Adwalton Moor, Bristol, Lostwithiel) and in as many random map games as you like.
I have little doubt that additional scenarios will appear played from each side. Whether these will be developed by us, player-made, or officially sanctioned player-made scenarios will depend on demand and time available.jimcrowley wrote:Is there a possibility that reverse versions of these battles can be produced as an expansion, especially as the battles already exist in MP format.
The really time consuming part is writing bespoke AI for each historical scenario and testing it extensively to make sure it cannot be easily hoodwinked, or circumvented by the player using unrealistic tactics. Particularly hard if the historical scenario dictates that the player has the advantage in forces. It might be better to start from scratch with other scenarios in which Parliament was on the back foot. Such scenarios make better SP games.
In the meantime, I am sure you will find plenty of Royalists willing to battle you in MP historical or random map games. You can practice using SP random map games - the AI is no slouch. Although there is really no reason not to practice by playing real players. You won't suffer any lasting harm from an MP defeat!