I tend to be torn between my enjoyment for Wall of Fire and my enjoyment of Awakening of the Dragon. I like playing IV because of the SNES-feel of the game, and I like the tunes that play in it. Also, not having to worry about guarding a supply tent is fun. Setting all of my non-capital cities to delegated status is pretty nifty, too, as is the ability to just roam like a vagabond throughout the countryside, leaving empty cities as I tear apart all of the other rulers. I like playing VI for the inverses of those reasons, along with the really sweet officer system. I hate how bribes of gold in IV can jack the loyalty of all of your officers to 100; VI is much more realistic in that aspect. Also, I thoroughly enjoy the dueling; it gives me a sense of empowerment (or defeat).
My major problem with VI is the tendency for the AI to leave its commanding unit on the supply tent whenever it attacks an opponent. I can understand leaving a weak guard back there, but the AI unit tends to have the most troops under its commanding officer, effectively killing some of its advantage. When that is combined with all of the arrows my units fire at the attackers as they try to defeat my commanding officer in his fort... and it gets really ugly for the computer, really fast. There have been times in the game when I only have a handful of cities and can say with some confidence, "This looks like it's going to be mop-up from here."
However, my latest game has thrown me a monkey wrench - which is actually why I'm here. In the He-Bei scenario, I (with a created ruler who started next to Liu Biao and Sun Ce) have run into a problem I cannot solve. The other powers on the map towards the end of the game were Yuan Tan (who was down to a few cities), Gongsun Gong (bless the hearts of those Gongsuns), and the Wuwan King. Before I polished off Yuan Tan, I decided to make Gongsun Gong my vassal - I just didn't want to go through the hassle of finishing him off. He, of course, accepted, because I had almost the entirety of China.
Unfortunately, whenever I finished off Yuan Tan, the game didn't end. I presumed this was because the Wuwan King was still in the game - he technically counts as a ruler, I believe, so I needed to go conquer his city in order for the game to be over.
However, I can't conquer his city. Gongsun Gong is in the way.
In the many games I've played with VI, by the time I get to the end, I seldom bother with making vassals - and, when I do, I completely surround them and they aren't controlling any major chokepoint. My laziness in this game, however, has proven to be frustrating. See, Gongsun Gong is in control of the city of Bei Ping. Behind him, which I have zero access to, are the cities of the Wuwan King and an uncontrolled city. In order to get to them, I'd have to go through Gongsun Gong... but I can't. He won't accept another warning to become my retainer instead of my vassal, and the game tells me I cannot attack him. There's no "annul overseer" option, as far as I can tell. I tried giving ol' Gongie gifts to get him down to zero animosity, but he didn't accept my warning then; I then threatened him enough to get him up to 100 animosity, but he didn't break away from me.
As a result, eight months after I defeated Yuan Tan, I've still been stuck in the game. The game refuses to allow me to attack Gongie. Gongie won't attack me. The Wuwan King won't attack Gongie, either - perhaps this is because the barbarians take pity on you if you're only controlling one city.
I'm a bit flummoxed on what to do, as a result. Short of loading the game to before I ever made Gongsun Gong my vassal (which is doable, but it'd just be annoying to go through those last few months of taking Yuan Tan's cities again... although I probably could have done it in the time it took me to write all of this), I don't see any alternative for me solving this problem.
Given the activity on this thread, I'm not expecting any quick answers. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for how to resolve this situation, short of me loading. As much as I'd like to execute Yuan Tan all over again, I don't want to have to go through the cycle of recruiting/releasing/imprisoning his thirty-four other officers.
- Edit from Next Day: Solved it by loading before I made Gongsun Gong my vassal. It wasn't that far back; just a few months. Everything is all fine and well with me as the new emperor of China. I am still curious to know if anyone else experienced this problem, or knows of another way to solve it besides loading.