Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:51 PM
The most effective strategy in this case is to have pikemen at the flanks, with basic swordsmen making up the backbone of your army in the centre. Behind the swordsmen would be ranks of archers. If you notice that the enemy is sending cavalry, you put the pikemen in front to halt them. If the enemy is sending footmen, you send the pikemen to form up standing next to the swordsmen so that they can stab out while protected by the swordsmen. The archers can then spread out behind and fire at the enemy. Works excellently. In an online game people don't expect you to use formations and tend to attack indiscriminately, while your formation will work flawlessly.