Oct 28, 2005, 11:25 PM
okay, i just cant figure out how to get more money in this game. i mean i research and i build and i always end up with the least amount of money compared to the AI. can someone give me some help. really appreciate it. thanks.
Oct 29, 2005, 12:18 AM
You need to find a nice balance between expansion and income. There are two components to maintenance cost of cities. The first component is based purely on the number of cities you have. This will be equal for all cities. The second component is based on the distance the city is from the capital. This will be different for each city of course. So you want to build a nice compact empire with only as many cities as your economy can handle. As you build up your cities in size they will bring in more commerce, you can hook up trade routes, build banks/markets, etc. Then you can afford more cities. Even your new cities will eventually pay for themselves in time. You just can't rush it.
Make sure you're trading goods with the AI's when you're able to. Also, found your religion and spread it around. Get a great prophet by working priest specialists and build your religion's shrine. This will bring in a bunch more money.
Oct 29, 2005, 12:29 AM
In addition to that:
-Build your trade network. Link all of your cities via roads or rivers, and when possible, build land routes to neighboring nations as well. Much of the trade is automated in Civ IV, but it only happens when you have open trade routes.
-Work your civics. Try to find a good balance which gives you the perks you want while minimizing your costs.
-Build wonders which can help you create great merchants; when one is born, use him to conduct a trade mission to a far off, foreign city--the bigger & farther, the better.
-Once your cities start growing, make sure to build your markets & banks, as well as trade generating improvements like harbors and airports. Especially if you're playing on a normal or lager sized world, take advantage of Marsailles and The Forbidden Palace when you can--those will help to cut down on your city maintenance costs.
-Finally, don't build too much, especially in the early game. Depending on your difficulty setting, having too large a standing army or too many buildings in small cities can be a big drain on your treasury.