I think they are nearly identical.TheMix wrote: ↑Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:13 pm The two ways I manage province unhappiness:
1. Get Healers at Tier 1, then grab the Abbey at Tier 2. Brethren of the Light aren't very powerful, but they'll stop undead invasions. And they boost the happiness of the province.
2. Tier 2 Theater will allow your Pub in the provinces to offset unhappiness.
Of course, at your stage, the buildings may not be available yet.
I've also focused on getting Karma whenever possible. Apparently some of it carries over to the strategic level. And it's "good" somehow.
As for pegasi, I was using them, but I found they don't hold up too well at higher levels. They die really easy. I think the Horsemen tend to be a bit more useful.
As for guards, grab the Swordsmen and the Crossbowmen. Then, from the 2nd Tier you'll be able to grab the Lookout Tower. The Watchmen guards are pretty decent.
Though.... I think you said you were still playing Genesis. I'm not sure how much of that translates to the earlier game.
I'll try to remember that about the Abbeys/brethern (who are likely a ways away) I have been using guards because they decreae the unhappiness progression by 3. The theater upgrade is the one I'll be debating next time around. It's on an otherwise wholly crappy shard though. At the same, if managing happiness turns out to be as ugly as it's looking this time then it may be time to just take the crappy shard.
I also play a good karma game. I'm not sure where but it does reduce unrest at a high enough level and I read that 20% (good or bad) carries over from shard to shard.
I think I have the watchmen available but I still prefer the guards for their ablity to reduce unrest growth.
Pegasi are a house of cards but they can get across the battlefield on turn one. They used to be killer en masse with a commander beefing them. Though IIRC I never made it past shard 13 so they may become under powered later. I didn't use them to kill cults or ancients or dragons. I used them to kill hoards of regular units before they had a chance to go. I want to say in combo with elves who took shots from across the board to weaken tougher troops before sending in the pegasus. It's been a while though. When I get there, we'll see how poor my memory is.