Although everyone attributes the authorship of this phrase to Sun Tzu, wikiquote tells us that it doesn't appear in any translation of his book, so it would be more correct:
Anyway, according to my experience both in campaign and multiplayer, in the games of this saga applies better the following sentence.
If you are unfamiliar with the concepts of tactics and strategy, the above phrases may seem meaningless. If we look up the definition of strategy in a dictionary we get the following:
A detailed plan for achieving success in situations such as war, politics, business, industry, or sport, or the skill of planning for such situations.
And for tactics
The organization and use of soldiers and equipment in war.
They aren't very enlightening, but they give a little idea of what strategy and tactics represent at game level. Tactics is everything related to the individual, or combined, use of the units of the army during the battle. Strategy is the approach prior (or at least it should be) to the battle of the use of the army as a hole.
Hence my emphasis on tactics in my version of the famous phrase. If you don't know that you should never front charge with cavalry a spears unit, or that crossbows and guns are specially useful against armoured enemies, both belonging to the field of tactics, you're hardly going to win a battle. Once you've mastered tactics, you can enter into the much more creative realm of strategy, and then to enjoy overflowing the enemy.
I've been playing Total War games for many years. Since I discovered Medieval II, I've played to all the games (but Britannia (updated, I've already played it)), and I've devoted more hours to them than I'd like to admit... Specially, to Rome II, in which I spent a while playing exclusively online battles. I learned a lot at that time of other players by suffering it in my flesh (well, in my soldiers' flesh).
How does this mix with creating a website? I wanted to learn HTML5 and CSS and, apart from knowledge, it takes practice, a lot. So as I didn't know any website with a compendium of tactics and strategies for Total War games, I thought it was a good idea to create it myself, with my knowledge. I hope that all players, both new and old, will be able to take something of this site. Regards.