Poland: Gameplay Information

Poland emerged as a state in the 10th century and developed into the second largest state in Europe after Russia during the 16th century. Formidable foreign enemies nearly put paid to the country in the 13th century but Poland regained strength & territory during the 14th Century to lead into a Polish/Lithuanian “golden age”. Their cavalry roster is strong with both good quality melee & missile cavalry to call upon and while their early infantry is not all that impressive, their later units are more than capable of matching the western powers. The Polish Nobles are available from an early point in the game and they are more than capable javelin armed cavalry but also very useful in melee. Later Polish Guards & Knights become available and these are excellent quality melee cavalry units. Dismounted Polish Nobles can hold the line in the early campaign but later Dismounted Polish Knights become available. Lithuanian Archers can use stakes to protect them from cavalry. Aside from the excellent Polish Nobles, the other missile cavalry is only adequate.


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Campaign Overview

Religion
  • Catholic
Long Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 45 Regions
  • Take Jerusalem
Short Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 15 Regions
  • Outlive Hungary
  • Outlive Russia
Finances
  • Initial Money: 12000 Florins
  • King’s Purse: 2500 Florins
Initial Settlements
  • Krakow(Large Town, Capital) – Small Church, Grain Exchange, Dirt Roads, Town Hall, Town Guard
  • Halych(Wooden Castle) – Stables
Initial Generals
  • King Wladyslaw the Chivalrous(40, Faction Leader) – 4 Command, 7 Chivalry, 4 Authority, 3 Piety
  • Prince Zbigniew (20, Faction Heir) – 6 Command, 1 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 0 Piety
  • Boleslaw Herman (19, Family member) – 4 Command, 1 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 0 Piety
Initial Admirals
  • None
Initial Agents
  • Anna Comnenus (20, Princess) – 3 Charm
  • Gavriel Branas (44, Bishop) – 4 Piety
  • Demetrios Calaphates (30, Merchant) – 3 Finance
  • Kyriakos Loukites (30, Spy) – 3 Subterfuge
Initial Troops
  • General’s Bodyguard – 3
  • Spear Militia – 2
  • Peasants – 6
  • Peasant Archers – 3
  • Polish Nobles – 1

The Poles have excellent possibilities open for expansion. They start with a large town at Krakow and a wooden castle at Halych. There are at least 8 rebel-held provinces immediately bordering them that can be taken without having to war with another faction. The HRE & Hungary are likely to be your immediate rivals with the Danes and Russia coming into the picture before too long. It may be wise to leave the Russians expand south to provide a buffer against the probable Mongol invasion. The HRE are likely to be excommunicated early which means potential rich pickings to your west. Eliminating Hungary means that the Balkans are open to expansion into Byzantine territory. This would provide an ideal springboard for crusades and expansion in the middle east. There are a multitude of options to choose from and since many of your enemies will be fellow catholics, keeping the pope on your side would be strongly advised.


Recruitable Units

The following table contains all of the units that Poland can recruit in Multiplayer and Custom Battles. For the Grand Campaign, use the “All” period with the following corrections:

  • Units in (Brackets) are mercenaries and therefore cannot be trained in campaign, although any general can recruit them in the field if he has space in his army and there are some available.
  • Units in [Square Brackets] cannot be recruited in campaign, they are for Multiplayer and Custom Battles only.
  • Units in Italics can only be recruited in certain regions (eg. The New World) or after a certain event (eg. The discovery of gunpowder).
PeriodMilitia UnitsInfantryMissile InfantryCavalryMissile CavalryArtillery
Early
  • Town Militia
  • Peasants
  • Woodsmen
  • Dismounted Polish Nobles
  • Spearmen
  • (Slav Mercenaries)
  • Peasant Archers
  • Dismounted Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Lithuanian Archers
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Strzelcy
  • Polish Nobles
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
High
  • Town Militia
  • Crossbow Militia
  • Peasants
  • Woodsmen
  • Dismounted Polish Nobles
  • Dismounted Polish Knights
  • Spearmen
  • Peasant Archers
  • Dismounted Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Lithuanian Archers
  • Handgunners
  • Hussars
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Polish Knights
  • Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Strzelcy
  • Polish Nobles
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
Late 
  • Peasants
  • Woodsmen
  • Spearmen
  • Dismounted Polish Knights
  • Peasant Archers
  • Dismounted Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Lithuanian Archers
  • Handgunners
  • Arquebusiers
  • Hussars
  • Polish Retainers
  • Polish Guard
  • Polish Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Strzelcy
  • Ribault
  • Serpentine
  • Cannon
All
  • Town Militia
  • Crossbow Militia
  • Peasants
  • Woodsmen
  • Dismounted Polish Nobles
  • Dismounted Polish Knights
  • Spearmen
  • (Slav Mercenaries)
  • Peasant Archers
  • Dismounted Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Lithuanian Archers
  • Handgunners
  • Arquebusiers
  • Hussars
  • Polish Retainers
  • Polish Guard
  • Polish Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Lithuanian Cavalry
  • Strzelcy
  • Polish Nobles
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
  • Ribault
  • Serpentine
  • Cannon

Constructable Buildings


Cities

Building TypeVillageTownLarge TownMinor CityLarge CityHuge City
WallsWooden Palisade (Upgrade)Wooden Wall (Upgrade)Stone Wall (Upgrade)Large Stone Wall (Upgrade)Huge Stone Wall (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista Towers 
Barracks Town WatchTown GuardCity WatchMilitia Drill SquareMilitia BarracksArmy Barracks
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works 
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwright 
Sea Trade Merchants’ WharfWarehouseDocklands
Trade Grain ExchangeMarketFairgroundGreat MarketMerchants’ Quarter
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Academia University
Churches Small ChurchChurchAbbeyCathedralHuge Cathedral
Inns BrothelInnTavernCoaching HousePleasure Palace
Town Hall Town HallCouncil ChambersCity HallMayor’s Palace
Assassins’ Guild Assassins’ GuildMaster Assassins’ GuildAssassins’ Guild Headquarters
Masons’ Guild Masons’ GuildMaster Masons’ GuildMasons’ Guild Headquarters
Theologians’ Guild Theologians’ GuildMaster Theologians’ GuildTheologians’ Guild Headquarters
Merchants’ Guild Merchants’ GuildMaster Merchants’ GuildMerchants’ Guild Headquarters
Alchemists’ Guild Alchemists’ GuildMaster Alchemists’ GuildAlchemists’ Guild Headquarters
Thieves’ Guild Thieves’ GuildMaster Thieves’ GuildThieves’ Guild Headquarters
Explorers’ Guild Explorers’ GuildMaster Explorers’ GuildExplorers’ Guild Headquarters
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights Templar Templar Minor Chapter HouseTemplar Major Chapter HouseTemplar Headquarters
Hospitaller Knights St Johns’ Minor Chapter HouseSt Johns’ Major Chapter HouseSt Johns’ Headquarters
Horse Breeders’ Guild Horse Breeders’ GuildMaster Horse Breeders’ GuildHorse Breeders’ Guild Headquarters

Castles

Building TypeVillageMotte and BaileyWooden CastleCastleFortressCitadel
CastleMotte and Bailey (Upgrade)Wooden Castle (Upgrade)Castle (Upgrade)Fortress (Upgrade)Citadel (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista TowersCannon Towers
Stables StablesKnight’s StablesBaron’s StablesEarl’s StablesKing’s Stables
Barracks Mustering HallGarrison QuartersDrill SquareBarracks
Ranges BowyerPractice RangeArchery Range 
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works
Cannons GunsmithCannon MakerCannon Foundry
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwrightDockyardNaval Drydock
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
Farms Land ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Churches ChapelLarge Chapel 
Academy Castle LibraryAcademy
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights Templar Templar Minor Chapter HouseTemplar Major Chapter HouseTemplar Headquarters
Hospitaller Knights St Johns’ Minor Chapter HouseSt Johns’ Major Chapter HouseSt Johns’ Headquarters