Since they implemented that enemies with good relation will less likely raid your villages its basically a must have. You realease all lords and mercinaries in the early stages of the game and your villages are safe later on. I appreciate this change as it also prevents any uprisings in towns....not to mention the annoyance when you have to chase them down. That is something on the + side of doing thisYou summon enemy vassals to you army? No
Enemy vassals vote for you in elections? No
I get what you're saying but it's a bit of stretch from "Is gaining relation from defeating lords and releasing them okay?"
I guess if you wanna play a long con of building relations and then joining the faction for cheap armies and easier fiefs , that's fine too, it's much slower then kicking down the doors and just taking town for yourself alone.
I don't know though, haven't tried.
Have you done this?
DO you think it made the game too easy or did it make the game better?