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End game
Completed my first Civilization 4 game last night and I completely blame the French for my low-ish score, well that and my first game starting on an easy, easy difficulty level. Mostly, it was the a cause de la francaise.

You see, war is a pain in the ass when you have to transport units across the world, especially when you've only got 3 spaces of cargo per galleon created. It took me over a century to get them to back down and re-conquer two cities they trounced in the early stages. I wrote about this early as completely a personal failing by leaving BCE warriors in my first 5 cities and subsequently forgetting to bolster arms at ANY point in the ensuing years. Due to the fact, however, that I had 14 cities, 10 on the same continent, I was easily able to take my cities back. The fact that I took three of their cities in retaliation isn't my fault per se, but a consequence of not accepting the treaty they offered when I razed Chartres. Clearly a miscommunication.... When Napoleon said he wanted peace I thought he said he wanted A Piece, which I was happy to give him several pieces of my SAM infantry.

Sadly, this whole "butchering of the frenchies" process consumed over a century of time in which I wasn't building the Apollo program and the subsequent SS parts to winx0rs the game. Had I not gone to war with the French I may well have completed the space race in the mid 19th century instead of 2017. My score of 7900 and some change was pretty bad, really, but OK for a first game when I'm still trying to understand the new game mechanics.

    Important Lessons Learned:
  • Warriors do NOT make for long lasting defensive measures (oops)
  • Putting more cities on cultural borders increases the chance if city flipping.
  • To win a cultural victory, you really need to put cultural improvements, great people into border lands.
  • I hate conquest victory unless accomplished before the switch to Common Era.
    -Pleasingly, you can turn off certain victory conditions without point penalty.
    be hella broken for cultural victory
  • Taking that extra few turns after victory to build ICBMs and nuke the stupid out of the French is ALWAYS worth it.

The next game I've chosen to play as Gandhi, spiritual (no anarchy) and industrious (+50% to wonder creation). I'm thinking, though, that a civilization whose leader is Philosophical (+100% to great people birth rate) and Industrious may be the way to be for cultural victory. Building wonders quickly and producing more great people in border lands would school on the cultural push . However, there are no Philosophical + Industrious leaders, potentially for that reason. I may need to delve into modding and make my own civilization to use this. But I am lazy and wouldn't bother recoloring the art and such. I may just take a civilization whose art I like and adopt it... most likely the Egyptians. Though Gandhi’s Fast Worker special unit may reap huge benefits in mid-late game play....

I think I may hook up the American Indian tribes for a Philosophical/Industrious leader. I vaguely recall in Civ 2 that Sitting Bull was such. At least such is my impression. In the end, that doesn't matter.

Settings for new game:
Gandhi, Noble, Huge map, Epic, Continents, low sea level, Tropical, No Conquest Allowed. I like jungles and less boat travel. My aim is a cultural victory or domination victory. Secondary goal: convert the entire game to Buddhism (as well as founding all of the religions myself. ;))

For graye:

I'm sad that this is the most interesting thing (IMO) I have to post about.

  • I've been reading "Finding Serenity" adn it is incredibly cool.
  • Cooking goes well, though last night was leftover night.
  • I forgot that I own fd_midori's rope book and have been neglecting that.

    My experimentation (as it relates to the last point) seems to have stalled. I don't know why but I don't ilke it.
    Vatican Bitchslaps Intelligent Design/Fundamentalist/Creationists... sort of
    -"The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," [Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture] said.
    link stolen from alaman

    Current Mood: bored bored

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    justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: November 9th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    How far along are you in the book?
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Not far at all. Just two essays in.

    I'm terrible, uncultured wretch. I watch way too much TV.
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    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    TV makes me feel dumb and uninteresting. It's too easy to watch. Maybe if I had to, say, scale a mountain or write a novel to watch it I might feel better.

    I suppose it a deep seated worry that TV makes me dumber. Uncultured etc. Sure, I'm fully aware of what stupid things Donald Trump is doing to his would-be apprentices, but is that worth while?
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 9th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I might be about to do a conquest, on noble/epic/terra/huge. My military was hot garbage, but Genghis Khan and Alexander BOTH attacked me. It cost me some gold to upgrade units for the first few centuries, but now Khan is gone and Athens is mine. My amazing French culture has knocked out half of Cyrus' empire with no military effort, and is starting to do the same to Frederick and Hatshepsut.

    Once aggravated, I went balls-out for military in half my cities. Marines, infantry, and artillery versus war elephants and catapults just isn't fair. I could care less. The Pentagon RULES.

    Since no one has even GOTTEN to the new world yet, due to my awesome power of awesomeness, I might just take that over next.
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 9th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    and no, I don't have any icons yet, but that just shows my dedication to the game. Maybe I'll make some at work.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Get your icons here:

    Note that Napoleon isn't there... (muahaha)
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 9th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Word. I'll get on that soon.

    Though I really want a great prophet icon.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Big image. I think that's a prophet...
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 9th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I'll do some paint work on that and on Louis at lunchtime.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Playing as Napoleon? The +2 experince for units from the aggressive trait is huge. It gives military units a big boost when first declaring war. Assuming yuo have superir units, this experience bonus effectively keeps yuo ahead of lagging civs. I think the big reason I was able to baet back the French was because I was making grenadiers while they had cavaklry. I could have lost the edge when they were only one step behind rather than three.
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 9th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Actually, I'm using Louis, originally chosen for the culture bonus. Oh well. The Pentagon effectively gives me Napoleon's bonus, I think. Cities with barracks are getting 2 promotions at creation of each unit.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's another thing I forget. Barracks. I mis Sun Tzu's Art of War wonder.

    I'm so not good with my military in tis game.
    monkey_bait From: monkey_bait Date: November 9th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Soon, very very soon, I will be on a continent where there exists a computer that I own and that possesses the ability to play 4.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Game is very good. hopefully the stupid graphics problems and memory leaks will be fixed by the time yuo get t.

    Playing a huge map makes the game even more sluggish, again for no good reason.
    graye From: graye Date: November 9th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for the icon, but I already made one last night!

    Weirdly, I've never managed to found Buddishm. I miss that every game, no matter what. Even when I'm shooting for it.

    Its hell.
    abmann From: abmann Date: November 9th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Curse your dilligence!

    It's easier to found buddhism when you start with mysticism, like the Indians do.

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