Thought I'd pick up the game super cheap on steam. I remember having a go when it first came out, but at the time I was a whore for tactical army management - now I'm old and tired, and don't care, I'm all about the grand strategy.
Anyway, I love it.
The one thing I'm having trouble getting my head around, is characters. I've read the guide as to how keep the populist faction low, and that makes sense to me. I'm having trouble really caring about who is consul, or what happens to them though. I understand slapping in a Governor with decent stats, and I understand trying to maintain levels of loyalty. I like to banish or execute losers - all that makes sense. Past that though, it's just piles of people called 'Glabius Doodad Metawomble' from various families, which I'm having trouble even remembering who they are.
Am I missing something, or does family prestige actually matter, does a characters history actually matter - aside from adding a bit of flavour that is. Should I give a damn about characters once they're pro-consuls? Why would I give a hoot if I get a piddly military bonus, or a piddly civic bonus? My armies crush all before them anyway.
Can someone tell me if I'm not appreciating something here - am I just having difficulty locating any screens which the prestige of a family is something to care about for example?
Would appreciate any info on how to get a bit more invested in characters and their history (I came by way of CK2, maybe that's the issue?). Or maybe I'm just not appreciating how much of an effect all those seemingly low modifiers actually have? Whaddya Reckon?
I'm only a few years into my first proper game too. Took back Magna Grecia, and the uh, Spartans and their buddies - Carthage took Epirus, swine. Perhaps all the character drama is just around the corner?