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  • Donít shoot Mister! Iím only a Caravan.

    When at war, the AI sometimes kills your caravans. At other times they are left unharmed to go about their business. Whether the freight survives, or not, seems a matter of chance.

    An AI can be ďEnraged/Hostile/Uncooperative/ReceptiveĒ when at war. Do these degrees of war have any impact on the situation? Does the type of AI government matter? Or are we down to whether they are just civilised or aggressive? My camels await your advice.

    If the boot is on the other foot Ė when the AI I am at war with sends a caravan into my patch, I generally let it through. If I think it is spying Ė another matter. It always dies if it loiters around my railway junctions trainspotting!

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    Scouse Git (2)





    [This message has been edited by Scouse Gits (edited February 16, 2000).]
    "Our words are backed by empty wine bottles! - SG(2)
    "One of our Scouse Gits is missing." - -Jrabbit

  • #2
    I've never noticed any difference in the attitude of the AI when it comes to caraven survival. However I think the reason is (as you say) whether or not they are civiliZed or aggressive. Sometimes just having caravans (and no other units) in the Zulus territory is enough for them to sneak attack (when we have a peace treaty). OTOH, the Chinese and Babylonians will almost always let my caravans through, even if we are at war.

    If I'm not at war with the AI I leave caravans alone but if we are at war, any unit of theirs is fair game.
    AH has shrink shop open, and if you want advice from an Aussie who thinks he's a horse that likes having a gay Greek general riding his backside then that's still available. - Lancer

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    • #3
      I don't know man, when we're at war, it seems like they'll attack 'em way more often than not. So I stopped sending 'em a long time ago. Maybe I'll experiment with it a little and check out attitude.

      And if we're at peace and they're uncooperative or less, it seems like there's a better than average chance that they'll attack. Particularly when I'm wandering all over their territory - as I tend to do.

      And if they come into my territory when we're at war, they're toast. The Zulu people don't tolerate blackmarketeering.

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      • #4
        Oh yeah, aside from the black marketeeering, it seems like the more you rough 'em up when you're at war, the better the chances of getting ceasefire/peace reparations.

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        • #5
          Hm, isn't the AI supposed to be omniscent (spelling?)? It always knows where your cities are, doesn't it? No need to send caravans scouting.

          In any case, I let them pass (unless they block my movement of units). The AI sends them to my high trade cities and I just can't say no to arrows!

          Carolus

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          • #6
            Carolus that was my understanding as well.... why then does the caravan map your territory? sometimes it goes to the furthest city because of demand other times i am not so sure

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            • #7
              I go along with BJ in that I've found that, when they're invaded your territotry, they will attack anything in the way. Even on the roads, Zulus and Germans will sneak attack caravans.

              Since 90% of my unit-productions are caravans (up until wartime that is), I protect them like gold by keeping them out of harms way. If I got my modern units fighting non-modern AIs, then there is no need for caravans, thus not a factor fighting a total war.

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              • #8
                Steve you actually let the ai into your territory ..... how could you ... i know what you mean about the Germans and the Zulus though...... i think the Germans just want to dominate the trade markets and the Zulus are always just nasty neighbors..... i often search them out first

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                • #9
                  I will ALWAYS kill enemy caravans if I see any - on the basis that a caravan arriving increases light bulb production and I don't want to take the chance that it might apply to AI civs as well.

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                  • #10
                    War4: Only in the early/mid game. I always build the GWall with Leo - therefore I just let the horsies and popguns come at my pikes behind walls and watch them get splattered (I get excited just thinking about that ). But, I do have to get the dozens or so caravans out of the way. Nothing will p*** me off more than sneak attacks on my camels and that's what the Germans/Zulus are good at.

                    Unlike what was said in the duos thread, the GWall/Leo combo is actually a good offensive strategy - since you don't have to concern yourself with defense, you just work on accelerating your civ until you have a great military advantage to clobber everyone else as quickly as possible. That's one way of looking at it. I will, however, be trying variations on that strategy by agressively seeking and clobbering the other civs earlier (just like you, eh?)

                    BTW, when's the baby due?

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                    • #11
                      Hummm, I think it was Smash that made mention of bribing friendly/hostile caravans. Ever since reading about the beaker bonus, I've been very reluctant to destroy an enemy trade unit. In my last game, 135 gd bribed a camel with beads still in demand--it's the only way to buy science!

                      As far as having my own trade units killed, happens way too often. In fact, when I send my caravans abroad, the AI can extort any science from me and maybe even gold in exchange for peace. Especially if is a nearby camel representing the super science city. The AI's seem fairly whimsical in their hostility toward my trade units. They'll even kill a camel from a city that demands the commodity! Most painful.

                      SG(2), I've never had a negative thought concerning Trainspotters, but when reading about the newish word, anorakish, at this excellent word site, I learned that trainspotters are not highly regarded in your parts. "Those choosing to wear that eminently practical cold-weather garment the anorak have suffered much opprobrium in Britain in the past couple of decades. It began with trainspotting, a specialised hobby involving much standing at the end of draughty station platforms noting down the numbers of passing engines. Those choosing this hobby were frequently ridiculed as being obsessive about trivia and as having poor social skills.... "
                      http://clever.net/quinion/words/turn...se/tp-ano1.htm

                      I hope I don't earn your opprobrium for my many tangential references, but I'll confess to using a few rifleman on those pesky freight situated on MY great railroad.

                      AU

                      Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep? [--Inspiration of Blade Runner]

                      "> > Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the reader who
                      >doesn't get it."--don't know.

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                      • #12
                        I tend to always destroy/bribe AI caravans, just in case it gives them tech.
                        And I really can't stand the AI killing my caravans (especially in OCC). I love dropping in a caravan straight from a ship, try killing that you lousy French types (who are, of course, the worst offenders when it comes to sneak attacking).

                        Graag

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                        I have discovered that China and Spain are really one and the same country, and it's only ignorance that leads people to believe they are two seperate nations. If you don't belive me try writing 'Spain' and you'll end up writing 'China'."
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                        • #13
                          AU - Been a trainspotter all my life! But that does NOT mean I have neglected to do the other things!
                          Love the link - and have just printed it out.
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                          SG (2)
                          "Our words are backed by empty wine bottles! - SG(2)
                          "One of our Scouse Gits is missing." - -Jrabbit

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                          • #14
                            That's right, there are no boats in Liverpool....

                            I also love that word site! "Investigating International English through a British Viewpoint" The webmaster also answers many questions from this side of the 'pond'. I don't think our English is terribly different, but I did see that civili[z]ed reference and if it is any consolation, I simply put the z's in your misspelling--american humo[u]r


                            SG[1] and SG(2), It's a bit contextually removed, but I was wondering why you can't get MPG over there. I ordered it through microprose and can't see why you wouldn't be able to do the same?! If you do get MPG, make sure you get the patch available at Apolyton or your democratic units will be subject to bribery! I found this out the hard way.

                            AU


                            Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep? [--Inspiration of Blade Runner]

                            "> > Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the reader who
                            >doesn't get it."--don't know.

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                            • #15
                              lol @ Scouser..... that was catchy.... i tend to let the ai caravans go wherever, unless they are mapping my territory..... which is often the case..... if it goes to a perimiter city or one where a troop has already been.... no harm done.... but otherwise...... its toast

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                              - Roger Clemens
                              Boston Red Sox are 2004 World Series Champions!

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