The For King of Country focuses on the struggle between the two main factions involved in the English Civil War, Parliament and the Royalsits. Each factions has a roster comprising of pikemen, musketeers, artillery, dragoons and cavalry.
The mod aims to be historically accurate with 12 commanders of the war on each side. These include: Sir Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex for the Parliamentarians and King Charles I, Prince Rupert of the Rhine for the Royalists. A turn only represent one month, so it is not likely that sons will come of age, so you must keep you commanders alive.
There are over 50 historical events that occur throughout the course of the war, nearly one for every month.
The map covers all of England, Wales and part of Scotland. It is as geographically correct as possible, split into 42 counties, each containing an accuratly placed city or castle - without sacrificing gameplay.
The focus of For King or Country is to have two well balanced factions, each with units that follow the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" model for weaknesses and strengths. The basic makeup of armies of the time was pikemen, musketeers, calvary and artillery. Pikemen where good against calvary and other infantry in melee but weak against musket and cannon fire, due to their tight formations. While musketeers and artillery crews where suseptable to calvary charges.
The English Civil War was not a long war, and as such there will be 12 turns in a year, each representing one month. There is not a lot of focus on building an economy, or "teching up" but on how much support your faction has within each region. Support replaces religion from Medieval 2 - the reason being both factions where Protestant. There were of course a few exceptions. Using religion in For King or Country would be a waste of a feature. Instead the feature is used to represent 'support'. Support for either Parliament or King. Every settlement will have a level of support for both sides and this level can be increased or decreased based upon the buildings made in that settlement and the governor that controls it.
The New Model Army
The New Model Army was the reformation of all the Parliamentarian regiments into an army. Upon refomation all soldiers where equiped with red coats because red dye was the cheapest dye available at the time. This was the origin of the English 'red coat' soldier. In For King or Country once you get to January 1645, all of the old regiment units are no longer available to recruit. You will be able to recruit and retrain new model army musketeers, pikemen and dragoons everywhere. Whereas before 1645 you must recruit and retrain according to the militia ordinance.
The Scottish Covenanters will appear in the campaign. They are led by the Earl of Leven and David Leslie. In For King or Country, the covenanters will invade Northern England and attack Newcastle in January 1644.