I’m plunking along in my current game on Beginner economy / Veteran battles. Day 65, 14 guys ranging from level 3-7. I decided to try without Ironman for a while, but accepting moderate losses and only reloading in case of near-total wipeout.
It seems to be pretty slow going trying to ally with a noble house. I’ve freed and returned two prisoners and have spent the majority of my time running the circuit of affiliated towns doing every available contract, and the relationship is still barely “open” and they still aren’t offering missions in the fortified cities.
Not sure if there’s something else I should be doing at this point. It seems like when I take detours or accept missions to leave this territory, the faction relation decays too much to be worth it. And I have an objective to go clear out a wilderness site, but they seem to do the Skyrim thing of getting stronger based on your own strength. There’s one brigand site that I’ve attempted on three separate occasions and each time the mix of enemies has gotten much stronger and stayed ahead of what I could beat at the time.
Oh, is it worth hanging onto direwolf pelts and the like? They have a nominal value of 400, and I’ve been wondering if I’ll find a city somewhere where they’re in demand and I can get close to that amount, but it always seems to be in the 50-70 range everywhere I look.