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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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    • #3
      95% of the time random.
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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            random 100%

            prolly why I get whomped when I play MP
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            • #7
              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.)
              Last edited by Blaupanzer; May 7, 2009, 15:31.
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              • #8
                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.
                It's almost as if all his overconfident, absolutist assertions were spoonfed to him by a trusted website or subreddit. Sheeple
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Blaupanzer View Post
                  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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                  Keep on Civin'
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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        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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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              In MP if I get Zara, that usually puts a smile on my face.
                              It's almost as if all his overconfident, absolutist assertions were spoonfed to him by a trusted website or subreddit. Sheeple
                              RIP Tony Bogey & Baron O

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