Total War Three Kingdoms: Preparations

With the Total War Three Kingdoms release date pushed back, I have more time to prepare for the launch.

So what am I doing to prepare?
  1. Learning about the Three Kingdoms story: I am currently listening to the Three Kingdoms podcast. The podcast does a great job in telling the story and explaining Chinese cultural references for the unfamiliar. I recommend it if you’re looking to learn more about the characters before jumping into the game.
  2. New computer: I plan to record some campaigns, but my computer struggles a bit with the latest Total War games. I plan to build a new computer so I can play Total War Three Kingdoms on max settings while recording gameplay.
Which campaign will I play first?

Probably Liu Bei first and foremost; he and his sworn brothers are interesting characters, and I like the campaign characteristics:

  1. Start small but build a power base with strong heroes

    Total War Three Kingdoms

    Liu Bei’s Start Position

  2. No militia upkeep.
  3. Strong hero units in Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.Total War Three Kindgoms

It appears Liu Bei does not start with Zhao Yun or Zhuge Liang, but I imagine they have some connection to Liu Bei in-game.

I am interested in the bandit and Yellow Turban campaigns, but it’s hard to say until I see what kind of heroes and units they have. Particularly, the Yellow Turban faction’s starting locations have not been revealed yet. The bandit factions are Zhang Yan and Zheng Jiang:

I like unusual factions and also edge-of-the-map starting points.

Plan for Total War Three Kingdoms:

Previously, I wrote campaign guides for the website (check them out here), but I will try something new this time. As mentioned above, I will be creating videos of my campaign play-through. Difficulty level will be legendary, but I haven’t decided if I will play all battles or not. Each video will be about 20 minutes or one turn. My only concern is that I tend to take a lot of turns to finish a campaign; it may end up dragging a bit in the middle.

Be sure to check back as the launch date gets closer!