Originally posted by Six Thousand Year Old Man
Alright, I can kick the AIs ass on Noble fairly thoroughly. I'm ready for something tougher. I'm thinking of skipping Prince and going straight to Monarch, so that I'll be forced to abandon all my bad habits instead of just some of them. (And if I get my lunch handed to me a few times, Prince will seem that much easier when I retreat ignominiously to that level.)
My question: What settings (I have the vanilla game, not Warlords) should I use to make the transition easier? I normally play on big maps, but will that just make it easier for the AI to expand while I'm constrained by cashflow considerations?
My typical gameplay style is to get 4-6 cities down fairly fast, have one early war for some lebensraum
, and settle into builder mode with 8-12 cities until Cannons/gunpowder (and enough of an economy to pay for my conquests). I'm a cottage spammer and do a pretty lousy job of focused GP generation (my GP cities are always polluted with undesirable GP points, in other words). I'm fairly adept at slaving, but am not much one for slingshots.
I figured Rome for the Praetorians, but suggestions as to map size/type/game speed/number of AI/etc are what I'm looking for. Suggestions as to a better Civ to play are welcome, too.