I was playing MP the other night and something happend that hasn't happened before.
At sea, I find another civ's ship who I had not met yet.
I figured it was a good chance to use the surprise bonus and try to make my ship a vet. I attacked and was not prompted to declare war, and obviously didn't receive the surprise bonus as my ship didn't even do any damage before sinking.
Now the question.
Did this happen, because I had not had contact with this civ yet, since sea contact doesn't count? I have received a surprise bonus before in a ship combat but I had previously had contact with that civ.
Or did I not receive a surprise bonus because I was in Republic. I am usually at war with everyone prior to getting Republic so I can't remember a previous instance.
Testing stuff in MP is harder to do since it requires another body that if one is there, I'm usually playing.
So I thought I'd ask here first.