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Jul 26, 12 at 7:47am ^My Persian Game
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For my 2nd attempt I decided to still focus on wonders, but instead of going for Stonehenge like I did the first time, I rushed for the Pyramid instead. I also built a worker right after scout instead of monument. This worked out much better since I started improving the tiles around my capitol sooner and my capitol grew faster and had more production. After the Pyramid was built, I didn't start building a settler. Instead I bought one with the money I've been saving all this time and claimed my 2nd city right away. Thanks to the Pyramid I got two free workers. I ended up deleting one of them to save money, which may not have been a good move on my part, but I still had one worker working around each of my cities. As soon as I saved up 500 gold again I bought another settler and founded my 3rd city. By this time I was pretty sure that I would be going for cultural victory, and since I've picked up most of the Tradition policies I built my 4th and final city since one of the policies grants a free cultural building in my first 4 cities. I was also able to pick up Stonehenge this time too, which is awesome for culture.
Things were going swell for a while, other civs were too busy declaring wars on each other, I even managed to ally myself with a cultured city state just by killing barbarians for them. The funniest thing was that the barbarian captured their worker so after I destroyed the camp I decided to return the worker to the city state for 30 bonus friendship points. While the worker was making his way back he got captured by another roaming barbarian! So I went and took out that barbarian and got to return the worker for another 30 points! As unbelievable as this sounds, that same worker got captured again!! This time my warrior was out of position to save him though, so the barbarian took off into the fog of war and I never saw that worker again. It most likely got captured by another civ and was never returned.
At this point every other civ was friendly with me since I haven't done anything to piss them off yet, plus I was pretty active with trading away my open border for their gold. My capitol is still hard at work building one wonder after another. I decided to build a barracks in my 2nd city and started pumping out units since I virtually had no military at that point. As for the other two cities I just focused on building granary and monument since they were fairly new and needed more growth before they can actually be productive. Here is when things went downhill. China, which is to my northwest, has been friendly with me this whole time. We did numerous trades including research agreement. Out of the blue they just decided to backstab me and declared war on me. I can never understand the AI's logic in this game because at the time China was already at war with two other civs! For some reason they figured since I had a weak military it would be a good idea to conquer me first even if it means fighting a war on three fronts. Despite that, they sent a LOT of units into my border. There were at least 5 pikemen, 2 archers, and 2 catapults. I did my best defending my cities with my two swordsman, 1 archer, and 1 catapult, but it just wasn't enough. Two of my cities fell into their hands after a few turns, but I did manage to retreat most of my army back inside my border and got them healed up. At this point I thought about maybe starting over or reloading an earlier save and start building my military sooner, but on the other hand, the two cities that I lost were both fairly new and weak. Also, losing them didn't hurt my production since I still had plenty of production between my capitol and my 2nd city. So I buckled down and took a few turns to group together a decent sized army and marched back. Because China had to withdraw some of their army to fight other civs, I had almost no trouble taking back both of my cities within a few turns. To my surprise I found that China had sold the monument in both of my cities, which pissed me off. I then marched my army to Shanghai and forced China to surrender. I even got Shanghai as part of the peace treaty, so I razed it to the ground.
After the war ended, China was in a really bad spot and got conquered by Siam shortly afterwards. Good thing for me was that I didn't suffer too much loss from the war, plus I was still pumping out wonders even during the war so my culture definitely did not suffer. I also allied with two other cultured city states to boost my culture per turn even further. Doing so pissed off England because apparently they are going for cultural victory too, but they did not declare war on me despite being hostile towards me. They are pretty far from me so declaring war on me really wouldn't have benefited them.
Now to my north is Siam, which had a fairly large empire at the time. To my east are the Romans and Egyptians, both are doing average in terms of score. England is north of Siam, but I haven't explored them at the time so I didn't know where they were. I was peaceful with all of them from that point on since I just wanted to focus on building my culture and had no interests in taking over any more cities. But thanks to the stupidity of the AI once again, Siam decided to declare war on me, while it's fighting England! It was an absolutely retarded move for them because they couldn't even spare any units to send my way. Instead, Beijing, the former capitol of China that was taken over by Siam, was captured by the English. At this point I am planning to stir up the pot a bit. Siam does not worry me, at all, in fact they might be at risk of getting owned by someone else like England. On the other hand, if England does conquer Siam, that will give their empire a great boost, which doesn't work out well for me since England's score is already on par with mine. So my plan right now is march north with my army and take Beijing from England. Once I capture the city I will liberate it back to China. With China back in play they will obviously love me for saving their sorry ass, and at the same time they will serve as a buffer between me and England, which will at least keep my borders safe from invasion from England in the short term. That's how far I've gotten to at this time, I will update more when I get to play it again.
So here are a couple of the lessons I've learned so far from this game: getting a settler early is definitely essential even if you are not planning to build a large empire; try building up your military sooner rather than later so that the AI is less likely to declare war on you. As for research, I didn't have a really specific plan in mind, but I know I am going for cultural victory so I focused on getting to technologies that granted culture buildings and culture-boosting wonders and prioritized my cities to build those. I will definitely need to get to Gunpowder soon so I can upgrade my swordsman into musketman. Unfortunately I didn't build any Immortals before I completed Civil Services, so I don't know what bonuses I could have missed out if I had built the Immortals and then upgraded them into pikeman and so on.
Have you found any awesome or interesting opening builds? What are some of the strategies you think are very useful? Share your gaming experience in general.
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Jul 30, 12 at 12:09pm ^re: My Persian Game
Ok so saving China didn't work out the way I had planned. Again, trying to make sense of of the AI's logic in this game will get you nowhere. Just a couple of turns after I liberated Beijing, China became Guarded towards me because they "covert lands that currently belongs to me"! Talk about being an ungrateful bitch. At that point I didn't feel like taking over more cities from Siam or England so I pulled my army back and stationed them around my borders. I was going for cultural win so I just sat there and built up my 4 cities. Even till the end of the game I never negotiated peace with England since she kept coming to me with the most ridiculous offer ever. Siam and I did agree to white peace, but that bastard declared war on me again afterwards.
So the lesson here is never bring a conquered civ back into the game. It's just not worth the trouble.
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