I don’t have any formal background in computing; my first computer was the Amiga 500, way back in the early 1990s! I’m an English teacher by profession but I got into creating Excel spreadsheets when I decided to make an automated report generator for my school.
I started playing Lords & Knights in December 2011 and quickly became addicted. Once I had acquired about 10 castles, I set about creating a fairly simple Excel spreadsheet which would help me predict the results of battles before I fought them. This initially took the shape of a basic enter-attacking-and-defending-troops tool, such as the online Battle Calculator. However, I wanted mine to be better. Much, much better.
The first incarnation quickly morphed into something altogether far more complex (and time-consuming!) as other features quickly followed. The current version today, with its comprehensive set of automatic troop selectors, time-limiting parameters and scope for managing 100 castles, has taken me over 8 months and countless hundred hours of my spare time. I hope, if you buy a copy, you find it useful. I know I do. And let me know what you think - I love feedback!
Nicholas Stone, September 2012.