Well, after I bought XI and played it a bit, I was inspired to go back through and play the other games in the series. Guess which one I'm stuck on again.
None of the other games really held my attention and made me want to play through a whole game because of some flaw. VI is just so even across the board that it's easily the most consistent and fun to play. I also noticed that the new games (VII and beyond) don't age very well. Nothing post-VI seems to be worth much of my time now.
I played the 194 scenario and conquered the land with Emperor Yuan Shu and it was awesome. I thoroughly enjoy how realistic the officers are on this game and it gives it so much more character. I had a hard time getting officers, especially when the true Yuan Shu came out in me and I decided to execute their lord.
I conquered the South Land first and COULD NOT get Sun Ce and Taishi Ci to join me, so they just drifted around for a couple of years before they finally cooled and I was able to acquire them by some miracle. I also got Ma Chao and Gan Ning and those four led my campaigns into Yizhou and then to the north where I crushed Cao Cao and quickly won a Yuan family feud with Yuan Tan to unite the land. Never was able to recruit people like Xiahou Dun, Cao Ren, Guan Yu, etc though like you could on other games and I think that's a good thing.
Usually one of my hardest decisions is to decide who to play as and then to stay interested through the usually boring start. On VI I've never really had that problem and I can play as anyone and have fun. Even Kong Zhou.
I enjoy a lot the vital role that the Emperor plays too. The ability to control the Emperor is actually HUGE on this game because you can gain title and boost yourself up to Prime Minister (like in history) and then have an advantage over everyone. You can also get people to assault each other for titles which is fairly humorous. In my last game, I played as Yuan Shu in the 189 scenario. When I took Chang An from Dong Zhuo and executed him something strange happened. Every other lord on the map started sending me gifts.
I probably got 4-500 gold from 3 different forces each month for a year. It was like the whole country was celebrating and giving their thanks, even those who weren't in the alliance, and then they realized that I have the Emperor and I'm gonna mow them down.
The realism in this game is simply fantastic and it makes every scenario and candidate viable and fun.
I'm thinking about starting a game as Liu Chan, getting him executed to put Liu Chen on the throne and then conquering everyone with Jiang Wei. I might set up the 207 scenario by having Jingzhou surrender to Liu Bei and then play as Liu Zhang and pwn him or just take control of Liu Biao and hold off everyone.
Also, I sometimes simulate a bunch of years on the final scenario to check out the new officers. I have a book of RTK VI information where I wrote down each officers stats and have most of them, but it's hard to ensure everyone's survival and that the game will indeed carry on until they reach maturity and their stats max out so I can write them down. Anyone experimented with the last scenario much to try discover all of the officers on the game?