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gary rembo
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I know each hero will lend itself to a certain style of play but any tips for a newbie coming to Hellas as it’s such a daunting place.
Quickest way to buff up etc.
 
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Michał Misztal
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1) Do not believe in "certain style of play" for any Hero. Each of them have abilities that make him/her a bit stronger in some area, but it doesn't actually define how one or another hero should be played. Decisions during the game are THE real deal here - including choosing Blessings, Artifacts and Hero upgrades. Combination of these allow for effective army movement and action management - which also depend on player's decision.

2) FAQ is useful. Download it.

3) It's good to have a plan from the start. It's even better to have a "plan B" and react to opponents movements accordingly. All victory conditions are valid all the time - even if you lost the race for control over Lands or Temples, you can always try to win by monster hunting or Monument building.

4) Control over some Regions, like Laconia, Attica or Phiocis, may give you some advantage... but it also requires some effort to be done, and DOES NOT guarantee a win.

4) Most important balancing mechanism in LoH are players actions - including slowing opponent's advance. Sometimes it's a good idea to claim some Region you don't actually need to stop enemy from acquiring 2 Lands, or delay Build Monument because you don't want to unblock someone's Hunt action. Sometimes it's good to cooperate with another player to to stop yet another one, who become too close to win.
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Juan Ottonello
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Disclaimer: I only played 3 times so... grain of salt. (playing again later today)

You cannot go too hard for one victory condition from the start. Give yourself options to start, balance things out. When opening, try to control a city and a region to build the... religious thing early in the game. If you can get a priest/artefact from a monster nearby you are on track! (I try to recruit, build religious thingy and get another priest by hunting in the first 3 rounds). Getting a quest early then if there is one around, that glory is going to help.

Then, see if other players are going for one condition, try to disrupt/stop them (check for 3 hunts specially, tends to be the more approachable one for newer players).

Try to see when a window opens to attempt a win (then yes, go all in with that condition). Use your hero's ability! (e.g. Helena to block forces).
 
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Matt F
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I agree with the two previous replies. You should definitely take advantage of your hero ability, but it's not something you can build a strategy around. In fact, LoH is less about multi-turn strategies and more about short-term opportunism.

The first few turns are all about establishing a foothold, so focus on getting priests and hoplites. Later, try to pick blessings and artifacts that have some synergy. There is a lot of back and forth in the game, and you must constantly counter your opponents to prevent them from getting too close to any one win condition. A person with 3 temples or 6 regions under their control could be in position to win on their next turn.

The winner is usually the person who is able to leverage their blessings/artifacts at just the right moment.
 
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