I know this sounds stupid....

#1 Posted by Somadude (549 posts) -


But How do I recruit troops  in the single-player?

 

I've tried going into towns and camps, but I still can't figure it out.

 

Is it a bug or am I just doing it wrong?

#2 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (668 posts) -


There are a few mercenary camps scattered around, but none near the starting point, if I recall.

 

Your best bet is to head into taverns in fortresses/larger cities. You can usually recruit various mercenary units/companions from there.

 

Though, this can sometimes be a bit expensive. (I've seen some merc troops go for up to $500)

 

 

#3 Posted by Somadude (549 posts) -
@MuttersomeTaxicab said:
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There are a few mercenary camps scattered around, but none near the starting point, if I recall.


 


Your best bet is to head into taverns in fortresses/larger cities. You can usually recruit various mercenary units/companions from there.


 


Though, this can sometimes be a bit expensive. (I've seen some merc troops go for up to $500)


 


 



                   

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Thank you!

 

I was confused because ( at least from the demo ) geting troops in the first M&B was as simple as clicking on a town and requesting them.

#4 Posted by MysteriousFawx (384 posts) -

As with all mount and blade games you can totally ruin yourself early on. Numbers > Quality for a good portion of the game I've found as upgrading troops early leads to them costing more per recruit and in turn leaving you screwed if a battle goes horribly wrong and you need a large force again.

Only decent way I've found to make money so far is constantly looting towns, turns over about 3k per sale from all the trade goods.

#5 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Mercenary camps and pubs is what works for me so far.

#6 Posted by Monztah (5 posts) -

Also, once you get a bit further into the game and join a faction, you will be able to recruit faction troops just like in Warband and the original - except only in fortresses you own.


As for making money, trading will net you ridiculous amounts of money if you know what to look for. Try going to the cities in the south/south east (near the Black Sea/Sea of Azov I think it is) and buy spices, then sell those to cities in the north/west for around a 500 thaler profit a pop. Same can be done with furs (except you buy it in or around Moscow), for a slightly lower profit. Keep in mind prices fluctuate heavily between games, so make sure to scout out the best prices for your goods first.

Once you get a modest amount of money and a small army for protection from those incredibly annoying bands of deserters, you can start sending caravans around. Keep in mind though, this is very risky as you have to pay a hidden trading tax unless you buy a trading permit (costs 45k), and that tax can easily cause you to loose money from your caravans.

Oh, and troops are slightly bugged right now. They don't gain any experience, at all (You and your companions still do, and mercenaries recruited from taverns are working fine - i.e. they are not supposed to level up). This will supposedly be fixed in a patch coming out tomorrow, though.
#7 Posted by Chumm (245 posts) -
@Monztah said:

Oh, and troops are slightly bugged right now. They don't gain any experience, at all (You and your companions still do, and mercenaries recruited from taverns are working fine - i.e. they are not supposed to level up). This will supposedly be fixed in a patch coming out tomorrow, though.
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