Stronghold: Crusader Cheats :
Secret - Hints
After finally beating the Crusader Trail challenge, here's some tactics that work well. See the above tactic for using an ox tether to block the enemies gate, but only use this on particularly difficult boards as you will not be able to collect stone.
Starting tactic, set game speed to lowest possible setting and spot your initial towers and crossbowmen. Put speed back after to preferred setting after you're set up. Defense is the first priority at all times. If you can defend then you can later go on offense.
Do not get locked into the concept of enclosing your castle. Quite often the best tactic is to surround your village area with towers filled with crossbowmen and ballistas. After filling the tower, delete the bottom step, enemy forces cannot get in and they won't try to tear it down either. You can always put it back in to send up reinforcements.
Leave an opening in your castle walls, heavily defend the opening. Attackers will gravitate to that opening, leaving the rest of your castle clear with walls that don't require defending. Make a death pass between two walls at that openeing, funnelling the enemy into a narrow place filled with swordsmen or pikemen.
Enemy towers that have seige engines can be taken out with the Assassin. Sneak him to the tower and let him kill the engineers. Use fire ballistas to burn the enemies farms, he will spend resources on replacing them instead of making new soldiers.
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