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  • #31
    I agree DaveV...
    I never use just one strategy. My strategy is totally dependent on the situation. And against the AI, just about any solid strategy will work

    The goody hut strategy is great against the AI... but not against humans. Because you can get away with wandering for 10 turns against the AI... If you can get away with it against humans, they aren't very good players
    Keep on Civin'
    RIP rah, Tony Bogey & Baron O

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    • #32
      Bad players, Ming? You mean like folk who voluntarily found in a locality with no, or little trade, perhaps?

      I have not played MP but suspect that small maps may be commoner than big. If I'm right that is going to be the factor (IMHO) which undermines this sort of approach rather than its merits or de-merits when playing on large maps. On a large map I intuit that there will still be some sort of shot at catching up. You'd have to be pretty unlucky not at least to get some good choke points. Would that not help?

      I accept the margin will be different. If my human opponent is size three in his capital when I found I agree I'm toast. Even in his poor location, the human opponent will at least make the best of a bad job in choosing his city square and will not butcher his land development. He will have placed his second city sensibly too and will be exploring, or will have found, sites for cities which do have decent trade. Now I need a big slice of luck (like FINDING him and having some hut legions/chariots handy ha, ha, ha) to have any chance.

      But I might take the advantages of the delayed start which you eloquently describe against letting my human opponent get to size 2 before I go to work.

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      • #33
        EST I beg to differ about advanced tribes!

        Those far off outposts of empire can be very useful, whether they are on the home continent or not. An extra city can only boost your research and you gain another production centre. The advanced tribes discovered miles away from home could become vital later in the game, as a staging post for military strikes on new territory. I often re-name them Cuba, to remind me of an evil plan!
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        "Our words are backed by empty wine bottles! - SG(2)
        "One of our Scouse Gits is missing." - -Jrabbit

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        • #34
          SG(2): But what about the severe corruption losses of production, trade and science if you are in anything other than governments available later (democracy, communism and fundamentalism)? And how vulnerable your faraway isolated outpost is to attack.

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          • #35
            tonic - If we were that worried about corruption in the early game, we wouldn't ever build many cities.

            Those far away places have to be well fortified - but that is not a hard task. Once this is achieved, if there is room, I start a secondary sleaze in the colonies! I prefer two power bases to one.
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            "Our words are backed by empty wine bottles! - SG(2)
            "One of our Scouse Gits is missing." - -Jrabbit

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            • #36
              Not sure that we do differ, SG(2).

              I certainly don't disagree with anything you say above.

              What I said in the earlier post which caught your eye was that "advanced tribes can be quite a problem too". I didn't mean that they are outright bad - just that there are factors which (subject to the exact circumstances) make them less of an excellent outcome than they usually are.

              Now, just occasionally the problems posed by the exact circumstances DO make them an outright bad outcome. I can remember times when the city was such an obvious short or long term liability that I have taken action to disband even at a strategic cost greater even than the loss of the city itself.

              That we will not disagree on the proposition that circumstances alter cases I am confident.

              PS Noticed in another thread that you and honoured alter ego play bridge. If you ever come south do you play in the Young Chelsea? Happy to make a more corporeal acquaintance if so.

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              • #37
                SG(2): I have usually got my faraway free city in despotism or monarchy and it's damn frustrating not to get any benefit from it even when you've stashed out scarce resources to build a courthouse! The extra dough cancelled by the cost of maintenance. It sure is a long-term investment but in the meantime you have to put up with some disincentives.

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                • #38
                  EST: Come up north - we'll find you a game. Too much bridge talk will get us thrown out, unless we can persuade Ming to be our fourth.

                  Back to advanced tribes. If you are lucky enough to build your second city this way - your research rate can halve - and you still have a settler. In some tests I conducted recently, there seemed to be a 50% chance of a tribe (with only one city built) on grassland/plains, provided it is at least three squares away from the capital. However, you do risk barbs!

                  tonic - sure, far off tribes can be a long- term investment, but they pay for themselves if you sleaze from their base. A modest continent with five cities churning out ironclads on the Mongols' doorstep is never bad news.
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                  "Our words are backed by empty wine bottles! - SG(2)
                  "One of our Scouse Gits is missing." - -Jrabbit

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                  • #39
                    Well, SG(2), I guess I'll add another point to the pro collumn - IME when you get one you're very likely to get another the next time you tip. If they are not too far apart geographically they get to provide mutual support.

                    But I can still empathise with Tonic. Yeah, it's hard to imagine an advanced tribe for a second city as bad news. But what if it's not the second but rather the additional city that triggers the extra unhappy chappy? And what if I get that unhappy chappy in the exact city I least want him (AND maybe don't notice his appearance ). And maybe I've got other troubles taking up my time and resources. That might be one of the times I start wondering if all the extra hassle is worth it.

                    Used to come up to a pairs event in your fair burg (held in the Adelphi if memory serves). But that was long ago indeed. Only other visits were to sit some exams and to see whether Spurs (with Glen Hoddle in his prime) could actually win at Anfield. Anyway, in the sadly unlikely event that my steps wend your way in the future I will take you up on yr kind offer.

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                    • #40
                      EST ..... the big thing i noticed with huts, is that if you tip them all in a row, which is luck, you can get about three in a row along a river bed and if the first is a tribe, your correct, more tribes will follow.
                      Although i dont' always like the initial location of advanced tribes, as they often miss the specials by one square in every direction kinda how the ai plants its cities, if you get another tribe for support, you can quickly have a new base of operations, which is often close to a rival anyways, especially if ocean is seperating the two of you. So although corruption is rampant, you have a lookout point which is better than pumping out settlers just to get there in the first place. Plus it allows you to place your cities accordingly.

                      As for initial units, MP games you need to pump out warriors in hopes of tipping huts for the four legged creatures, of course any unit will do. I like dips as soon as possible as it makes incremental buying cheaper than that attrocious warrior code that often comes from those cursed huts. However Monarchy is key as is early republic

                      Hi Ming..... still no go on the MP front, way too busy but don't forget the hordes..... we will be back....

                      Boston Red Sox are 2004 World Series Champions!

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                      • #41
                        Well War4ever... We look forward to your return to MP. Another good player is always welcome (At least I just passed you in the standings of the Apolyton Baseball League)

                        Any advanced tribe I get in either a SP or MP game is welcome. I don't care where it is. I have been known to disband the city if there is a "great" location nearby...

                        In the early part of the game, any additional city is just a bonus. So what if there is corruption, or if it leads to unhappiness somewhere... It is still another city that can multiply. In MP games, a city far away may help you extend your border, and give you more space to "fill in"... So keep those advanced civs or nomads coming
                        Keep on Civin'
                        RIP rah, Tony Bogey & Baron O

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                        • #42
                          First post, and new lurker.
                          Quick observation: You guys play a totally different game than I do. It's boggling.

                          Just as a quick intro, I play solely on single Custom worlds, 100x100, wet, 4 billion years. Modified ICS/Wonders is a good enough descripter for my strategy.

                          Personally, I hate Advanced Tribes. They are always in the wrong spot. However, if they are far enough away from my core, I'll built a settler there before it gets to 1 -- and presto I have a NON settler, which I can then use to improve my frontier city for rapid growth. Else, it will turn into a tiny SDI-city . . .

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                          • #43
                            i personally like advanced tribes. since i play on king, there isn't such a bad happiness rush early on. i especially love the fact that you can have an outpost for about every use.

                            I like to do this in multiplayer, when they have hordes of people and my cause is desparate, i just load settlers on a boat and head off to an island.(this works really well when you're playing bloodlust, and you put a city on the ice cap)
                            SABRECAT

                            --The man who dies with the most toys is still nonetheless... dead.

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                            • #44
                              i personally like advanced tribes. since i play on king, there isn't such a bad happiness rush early on. i especially love the fact that you can have an outpost for about every use.(especially a mountain fort)

                              I like to do this in multiplayer, when they have hordes of people and my cause is desparate, i just load settlers on a boat and head off to an island.(this works really well when you're playing bloodlust, and you put a city on the ice cap)
                              SABRECAT

                              --The man who dies with the most toys is still nonetheless... dead.

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                              • #45
                                Like Ming, I'll take an Advanced Tribe in a non-challange game whenever, where ever I find one. At worst it is a free 100 to 200 gold for no extra work other than selling the automatic improvements that came with the city. I very seldom have to disband the city and since they are usually a size 3 I can often get a WLxD by turning one to an Elvis. I try to make the HG my first wonder just for this reason.

                                About the only time I disband the city is if it happens to be on one of the single square islands with no ocean specials. Trying to build anything worth building 1 shield at a time just isn't worth the cash or effort IMO. I will just set the city to building settlers and usually the food level stays ahead of the building rate so that you get a perpetual settler machine. Just stop by every so often and collect and rehome at a new location or have them start building cities somewhere.

                                Ken

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