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    Do you play random civs?

    - or do you have a pet favourite that you can hone and perfect your style with.

    In Civ 3 I tended to focus on specific civs, but in 4 I usually go random, and play the hand I'm dealt.

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    Once I tried all the civs and leaders, I always use random for my games.
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    95% of the time random.
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    In MP games, I try to always play random. It's just more fun that way.
    And since I do that in MP, I play most of my SP games that way as well. Because I want to better understand ALL the leaders/civs in case I get stuck with them in an MP game.
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    Always random unless I'm testing something that requires a specific leader. In MP games I think random is necessary for better games. It makes each game different. I do random in SP but I will admit that I will sometime restart if the leader is one I don't feel like playing that day.

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    random 100%

    prolly why I get whomped when I play MP
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    Random about half the time. Otherwise I'll play the same leader 3 or 4 times in a row in order to figure out which strategies are best. (Darius, the Romans, and Zara Jakob are sure winners for me and I like Mansa Musa as well. I seldom pick these leaders as I want to win regularly with any of the civs/leaders.)
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    When I was first reading Darius, the Romans, Zara, I'm thinking "you need to figure out which strats are best" but then I finished reading the sentence. Yes, you are correct.

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    Random about half the time. Otherwise I'll play the same leader 3 or 4 times in a row in order to figure out which strategies are best. (Darius, the Romans, and Zara Jakob are sure winners for me and I like Mansa Musa as well. I seldom pick these leaders as I want to win regularly with any of the civs/leaders.)
    Yeah... If I'm playing random in SP mode, and I get somebody really good like the Inca's or romans, I will usually reset because they are higher probablility wins. On the other had, I can only play Japs so many times... and I will reset if it's one of the leaders I really don't want to play. If I get stuck with them in MP, I know what I have to do already, so need to torture myself in a SP game.
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    But how about the mixing up the leaders/civs option.
    I used to do that a lot, but not much anymore. (mainly because we don't use that option in MP)

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    Random, and play with the hand I've been dealt. Not always successfully but that's the 'joy' of the game.
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    I'm picking my own civ; I've been going thru all the ones that start with Mystism. I just need to win this game and also one time as the Celts and I'll be done with that.
    (I'm skipping the Aztecs who have a UU arguably worse than the standard unit, a weak UB, and a weak traight.)

    I'm thinking I'll play Darius of the Persians after the game as the Celts. After that who knows, but I'll pick the civ myself so I don't have to restart just from getting a civ I've already won as.
    At the pace I'm going it won't be until around 2015 that I finish going thru all the civs in BTS. But if you count Vanilla & Warlords I may complete the list in 2012.

    I always play random opponents.
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    I mostly play random (2/3 of the time) but some times I like to pick myself (either someone who I have never played with or some of my favourites).
    All time favourites are Hannibal and Zara.
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    Usually stick to a couple of civs in SP but for MP go random these days. For SP I don't get to play too often so why hassle with civs I don't like.
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    In MP if I get Zara, that usually puts a smile on my face.

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    I'm discovering Gilgamesh is a Zara + Protective. Who else gets (cheap) courthouses with Priesthood? And a good UU also, just a different timeframe.
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    No, I do not play random civs.

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    Why not? Besides the fact you really like the romans.

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    I usually play random, but I'm playing a occ game at the moment. That can't be random because only a few trait combinations work for this in my opinion. Having said that, I'm planning to use Darius on my next normal game because everyone seems to think he's the best and I need to find out for myself.

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    I used to always play Peter in OCC games pre-BTS. OCC demands appropriate traits imo. It'll be interesting to see what OCC is like when I get round to it in BTS.

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    Well, be prepared for a very low score in the OCC.
    So much of the score is based upon population & area that you generally just can't get a good score in OCC.
    Maybe if you choose the Incas on a Duel Pangena Map and Q rush them all you could get a semi-decent score from the early Conquest bonus.
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    I think anyone that has every won at OCC ever worried about their score. Winning was the only goal. My preference was conquest wins on small maps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rah View Post
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    I think anyone that has every won at OCC ever worried about their score. Winning was the only goal.
    Absolutely.

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    Well, my current game HAD Monty of the Romans in it... as my next door neighbour. Needless to say I didn't wait for him to declare war on me...
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    I've won a couple times on OCC in Civ IV; that was before BTS. But I was so disappointed with my score I vowed never to do that again.
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    I've played OCC twice before in bts, the first time I used the indians (can't remember which leader) and I got dog piled by everyone when I was just getting infantry and they had macemen. The next time I thought I was heading for victory with Peter (was building spaceship parts) when Gandhi of all people vassalised the world and won domination.

    This time I'm using Elizabeth and it's early days but I've chosen Shaka as my best buddy (due to his proximity/power and having my religion) so that could be a recipe to disaster...

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    I've chosen Shaka as my best buddy (due to his proximity/power and having my religion) so that could be a recipe to disaster...
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    OH... Sooooooooooooooo True

    On a more seirous note, I've been able to keep Shaka as a buddy for most of a game. As long as he doesn't get too far ahead on the power graph, or have no other place to attack, you might be ok.
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    Yeah, all instincts were telling me to stay away from this guy but he when he asked me to go to war with him against america I knew I had too otherwise I'd be next. He will eventually be a buffer between my city and the rest of the world.

    I'm just hoping he doesn't backstab me before I'm ready. Because when I am...

    I'm actually thinking about bribing him into some wars while I gain a tech advantage and then gut him with my never seen before modern weapons.

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    Yeah, help keep him pissed at the rest of the world. The fewer open border agreements he has with the others, the better.

    And yeah, when I play OCC, I'm usually playing for a conquest win so eventually everyone has to fall.

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    I have my favorites:

    Darius
    Huyana Capac
    Frederick

    I have other leaders I will play occasionally - Mehmed, Ramesses, Julius Caesar, Mansa Musa.

    I go through phases where I force myself to play leaders I am not inclined to play (Shaka, for instance), but there are leaders I've never used.

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