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6otM05 Opening Actions

Discussion in 'Civ6 - Game Of The Month' started by leif erikson, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. leif erikson

    leif erikson Game of the Month Fanatic Administrator Supporter GOTM Staff

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    Welcome to the 6otM 05 Opening Actions thread.

    STOP - Please do not continue reading this thread until you have completed at least 80 to 100 turns in your game.

    This thread is used to discuss the game once you've started playing through your first 100 turns. Apart from normal decency, the only posting restrictions are to please not post videos until the deadline is finished and to use the spoiler tags for screenshots. Here you can post questions related to the game and share your achievements/anger/frustration/victories while you play. Please remember that we are running a family friendly site, so express anger or frustration with this in mind. :)

    Please use this thread to discuss your goals for the game and your opening moves through the first 100 turns. Anything after that should be posted in the After Actions thread once you have completed your game.

    - Where did you settle your city?
    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    - What was your build order?
    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    - How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    - How were the Barbarians?
    - Any surprises?

    Please use spoiler tags for any surprise details you'd like kept hidden. Thanks.
     
  2. Mark Twain

    Mark Twain Chieftain

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    My fastest game of the month, defeated turn 33.... LOL :)
    Spoiler Map :

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    - Where did you settle your city?
    two step nw, I want a little more water and less dessert!

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    Pasture, Mining, Archery

    - What was your build order?
    Bad order worker - settler - sling - warrior.
    Should have been like sling - sling - warrior - settler instead I think!

    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    Suprise war turn 25 by the Romans.

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    No!

    - How were the Barbarians?
    A lot!

    - Any surprises?
    I was defeated fast!!!
     
  3. Alphons Rodulfo

    Alphons Rodulfo weakling

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    After finishing my first game of civ 6 (GOTM 2, culture victory after about 305 turns) I thought I might try this deity game. I guess I was lucky so far, at least compared to mr. Twain.
    After founding Washington in place I built two slingers and then I came across an unescorted Roman settler. It was an offer I could not refuse, so I took it with a slinger. Immediately afterwards about six Roman warriors showed up. The heavily damaged slinger and the settler just managed to make it to the coast, where Baltimore was settled. After that, my slingers and single warrior were able to take out Rome's warriors one by one. The slingers got upgraded to archers and then I started capturing Roman cities. I took three of them, including Rome, before agreeing to peace because I was very low on money and amenities. I have a decent army now, with a few crossbows and lots of promotions. Next I will try to take some of Pericles's cities. I hope I can keep up with the other civs that probably have much better science.

    Spoiler Overview turn 126 :


    Lesson learned: Away from the front, near Washington, a barbarian camp popped up. I did notice it, and sent some units to intercept the barb scout, but I was too late to prevent a barbarian spawning orgy. Washington suffered some serious pillaging before order could be restored. So the lesson is: keep units at hand near wild territories to intercept barb scouts.
     
  4. koutalis

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    My first Deity game, I usually dont do early warmongering, but I read the slingers to archers advice and decided to follow it.

    here is the situation at T102
    Spoiler T102 - fighting for Athens :
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    - Where did you settle your city?
    1W to get the gold from the pigs in order to fund the slinger upgrades.

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    I went for AH, archery, BW, walls and then beeline to crossbows

    - What was your build order?
    Slinger, Slinger, Slinger, builder

    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    exploring with the initial warrior I stole a settler and started the war with Rome. I did not manage to save the settler though, as the roman warriors surrounded me.

    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I built an encampment around T80.

    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    no expansion with settlers. I have taken 3 roman cities.

    - How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    Oligarchy.

    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    They were both hostile. I do not try to conquer them, though. I gradually took over Carthage.

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Athens did not bother me until I declared on them. Trajan pleaded for peace every couple of turns, offering more and more, but I did not stop.

    - How were the Barbarians?
    Bad. I got a masive uprising on the north that I was lucky they arrived as an archer was completed.
    I have had 2 rebellions from lack of amenities. Nothing i could not handle, but a definite threat.
    - Any surprises?
    I did not have a warrior with my archers, so I could not actually take a city without one. That cost me some 10 rounds, because I had to buy one at Washington, deal with the barbs there and then bring him to the Roman front.
    Also I had not done any scouting and I thought Greece was at the SE instead of SW. I had to move my army twice, costing me another 10 rounds doing so.

    All in all, I am not very optimistic. I think Grece will fall eventually, but I don;t know if i will have a tech agvantage when I go to the other continent.
     

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  5. Flel

    Flel Chieftain

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    My first Deity game in civ 6. Seems to be going pretty well so far. I've secured most of the continent. From now on I'll focus on building an army of knights and prepare to move to the next continent.

    Spoiler Map :

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    One SW to get fast mines on the two hills

    Mining, AH, BW, Archery (upgrade slingers), IW (upgrade to swords), Apprenticeship (mine upgrade)
    Craftsmanship (workers), Political Philosophy (oligarchy), Feudalism (farm upgrade/serfdom), Divine Right (monarchy)

    Slinger, Worker, Slinger x2, Worker, Warrior x2, Settler, Warrior

    I declared war on Rome with 3 archers and 1-2 warriors.

    Very late, around T60-70 I started building commercial districts to deal with unit upkeep.

    I built a city (New York) while I was conquering Rome. So far I’ve managed to capture two of Rome’s city including the capital and two of Greece’s cities (including capital) also.

    Oligarchy for XP bonus, serfdom

    There seem to be only two on this continent

    Yes. I attacked both first before they attacked me.

    Fairly rough! Lots of aggressive barb camps popping up N, NE and SW. Mandatory to keep Washington guarded at all time.
     
  6. RoFortaleza

    RoFortaleza Chieftain

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    I play and I stop, I'm very frustrated with what is going on. I captured the capitals but now with my current tech is impossible to get any other city.

    - Where did you settle your city?
    One tile South West to catch mines and get the free movement to the hill or back from it when needed and to not get surrounded so easily.

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    Ah, it was all a mess... Mining, Archery, Horseback riding, and toward factories.
    Stayed in oligarchy as much as I could until peace settled and I changed to Classical Republic as I hope to get great people to boost things up at the very least. Anyway, now is a research era... just going with the roleplaying here lol.

    - What was your build order?
    Builder, Chop, Wanted a builder but got dow right away Slinger Slinger Slinger.


    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    Stupid romans, had some trouble but got so many archers that after that I conquered most of their cities.

    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    Cience, I'm falling behind too much so I need the tech before the production boosts... I think... Tried to do a lot of Wonders but couldn't finish one!!!! Damn!

    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    Not really, just captured 3 cities and built 1.

    - How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    Start with faith for pantheon, then production all the way, switching to barbs and military unit productions when needed

    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    Met 2, they still are not my friend :( Carthage and Nan Madol...

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Romans hated me, Greeks ended up hating me too.

    - How were the Barbarians?
    Kind of a pest but in diety I've learned that killing the scout even if it delays everything else is the best for me at least... I practiced some diety games and few times lost to barbs and DOW overwhelming me

    - Any surprises?
    Wanted to get other city from the greeks and their city did 98 dmg to my unit... damn... so now is peace time and no bigger surprises yet besides being low on amenities all the time.
     
  7. Mark Twain

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    I made a second try (see my first post i was beaten hard first try) yes not really allowed but I didnt get far in the first try :)
    the key on this GoM is to go south and steal the roman settler, not go north and wake the barbarian horde.

    - Where did you settle your city?
    1W

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    + against bararians, tried to get the settler and builder cards when i was buildning them

    - What was your build order?


    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    I ran in to Rome settler so I captured it, I succeed to defend my self then we made peace. Build up some more archers then a noticed a second settler so i declared war and took it too.
    It hard to be a roman :)


    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I build campus you need science to build better troops later on.

    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    5 build cities two with romans settlers :) and 1 captured citystate Carthage. I needed a good place to build troops and they got a encampment.
    Spoiler MAP turn 99 :

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    - How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    Oligarchy

    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    I conquered Carthage needed a place with a

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    No was in war with Roman, Greek and the vikings

    - How were the Barbarians?
    Pestly in the north

    - Any surprises?
    Was much easier to go south then north :)
     
  8. CaptainFranz

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    Civ player since civ 1. First post here. This is my 6th civ 6 game and first on deity. I feel like I have been learning a lot through my previous few games and reading on these forums. Things are going pretty well so far. I took down Rome and I'm about to take down Greece as well.

    - Where did you settle your city?
    1W for early access to the very juicy truffle tiles and being a little closer to the hills.

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    For techs, I opened AH into archery, which is becoming my standard opening, especially on higher difficulties. Then followed with mining into bronze working for early iron reveal. Then focused mostly on the bottom part of the tree. I have been able to boost most techs and switched things after 50% research when I knew I could get a boost fairly soon.
    Civics have been moving a little bit slower, not a lot of culture. No particular order in the first 50 turns or so. I feel like there is no clear winner in the early civics anyway.

    - What was your build order?
    Slinger, slinger, archer, archer (thanks to the forums for learning the importance of early slingers/archers). I would have liked builder or settler as my 4th pick, but was in the middle of an attack by barbs from the north and Rome, so not much of a choice.

    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    Rome declared on me at turn 14. That was a little rough, especially given the barbs harassing me at the same time. I thought this could have been a very quick defeat, but with some decent tactics and the terrible combat AI I made it just fine, just took a couple of hits on Washington. Rome offered peace at 23 and I took it because barbs were still bad.

    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    Very late. CH at 65. I had other priorities, i.e. teching on military and building army. Also, a good economy mostly due to truffles, so no pressing need for money.

    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    Yes, with a heavy emphasis on taking enemy cities vs. founding new ones. I declared on Rome at 34, that is as soon as I had the standard 3 archers + 1 warrior. Took the first city from them really easy in 2 turns and took Rome at 53, then made peace.
    I founded my second at 62 well SE for strategic access to a second source of iron. Founded my third at 67 SE for mercury and my fourth NE at 69 mostly to prevent other civs from forward settling me (learned this the hard way in previous games) and for hills.
    I declared on Greece at 67 and took Athens at 85, which is longer than I would have liked. I saw they had a large army and set up a very good defensive position but by the time I declared looked like they had moved their army further south. I think they were at war with Rome. Also, Athens is in a really well defended spot and hard to attack with ranged. Promotions on archers helped. On the bright side, they gave me 2 cities (of which I did not know location) in the peace treaty. That netted me 10 cities (4 founded, 6 conquered) by turn 100.

    Spoiler Map at 104 :

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    - How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    In terms of policies, I started with survey and urban planning, then switched to colonization on turn 55 for a few faster settlers. Conscription is one of my main stays, especially for a domination victory.
    Oligarchy is my go-to government for domination as well.

    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    Met the 2 that are on the continent. I feel that at this difficulty level it is going to be very hard to get anybody on my side. I only gained 2 envoys so far.

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Rome declared on me at 14, that's it.

    - How were the Barbarians?
    Other than the initial uprising in the north, no big deal.

    - Any surprises?
    The very early DOW from Rome at 14. I rarely got declared on so far and never so early. However, I went with the safest opening, so I was able to hold them off.
     
  9. Justus II

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    I started on GOTM4, but got frustrated after a couple early AI surprise wars. I went back and replayed it (not for submission), learning from my mistakes and eventually won around turn 250. I figured it would be a good practice game for this one.

    This time, I started building more defensively, deliberately planning for early war, and delaying my usual development. I skipped my usual Scout/Slinger/Builder opening and went with 3 Slingers. After last game, the sooner I met the AI, the sooner they could denounce or declare on me, and early improvements were just targets for pillaging. So I build up my forces, fought off a barbarian wave, and after upgrading to archers finished off the camp to the north, just in time for a surprise attack from Rome. I bought another archer and took three of his cities, including Rome around turn 70.

    By then, Pericles had a large force of slingers and chariots heading my way, so I set an archer ambush and declared when he walked into the kill zone. After wiping out most of his mobile forces, I bought a battering ram and took two of his cities, including Athens on turn 94.

    Where did you settle your city?
    1 hex west, I wanted to get the gold from the Truffles and I expected to delay my builder a little longer than usual so I figured the quarries could wait.

    What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    Science: Animal/Mining/Archery/Bronze/Pottery/Masonry(delayed w/writing while I built a quarry), then focused on Machinery for Crossbows, and hit Apprenticeship right at turn 100.

    Culture: Push to Political Philosophy (turn 78), then Feudalism, which also finished on turn 100, every city is finishing a worker in the next few turns to develop my cities and clear some tiles for districts before the next round of warfare.

    What was your build order?
    3 Slingers – I followed with a builder, then a spear when Trajan attacked, then another builder and my first scout around turn 50. Once I saw Rome had iron (not mined yet), I built a couple extra Warriors to upgrade to Swordsmen.

    Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    Rome. I had a decent force of archers, but they were still on their way back from the barb camp, I only had one archer to hold him back initially.

    How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I built a Campus in Washington around turn 70, and an Encampment in Antium around the same time. I know from last game I will need a ton of Commercial districts for trade routes and unit maintenance, but I wanted some early science to keep updated units. Luckily I captured several cities with theater districts and another campus.

    Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    I expanded militarily – I haven’t built a settler yet, but captured 3 Roman and 2 Greek cities. Now that I have some breathing room, I plan to build a few coastal cities to the north and east, and eventually have another round of warfare to finish off the remaining Roman and Greek cities on this continent.
    Spoiler :
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    Spoiler Greek Cities :
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    How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    Initial priority was the +5 vs Barbs, and GodKing to get a pantheon (ended up taking the +1 food for camps). After that it was +1 prod/city and bonus toward ancient units, as I was cranking out units. I hit Political Philosophy on turn 78, and chose Oligarchy for the unit legacy bonus.

    What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    Just two so far, Nan Madol and Carthage. I sent my first envoys to Carthage, but after capturing three Theater districts I decided to bump Nan Madol to 3 to help me thru the culture tree. After this I will focus on Carthage again.

    Were your neighbors peaceful?
    No, Trajan launched the surprise war on turn 31, with several warriors in and around my territory. Pericles denounced me after I made peace w/Rome (he said I was occupying his ally’s city), and when I saw his units approaching I declared on him. I’ve met single units from Gilgamesh and Tomyris so far, but I don’t think they are on this continent (although I haven’t explored too far to the southeast yet).

    How were the Barbarians?
    Tough. I got spotted by a scout from the northern camp very early, and used my slingers to fight through several waves of warriors, slingers, and an occasional spearman. Rome forward-settled on me to the south, so he must have kept any barbs that way occupied, but I did see occasional units from camps to the east also.

    Any surprises?
    Other than the surprise war? ;) I was surprised by how developed the early AI cities were (most had 2 districts already when I took them). Also, this was the first game I really used a battering ram, I generally wait for catapults before going on the offensive. It helps to read the instructions (I had used my archers to wear down the walls in Rome, then couldn’t figure out why the ram didn’t help against the defender). When I used it (with swordsmen) against the walls in the Greek cities, it made a big difference.
     
  10. afireinside

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    -the 3 slinger strategy worked well to start
    -the main thing im doing differently than most here is booming with faith with the hopes of dropping a city on faraway conteinent (Scythia?) and then spamming Horsemen -> Rough Riders. Ill need to work on my gold for that to work.

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  11. Eliminator_Sr

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    This is my first Deity game and it's going better than I expected. I've never won Deity in any of the previous iterations but I think I've got a good shot on this one.

    Where did you settle your city?
    In place

    What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    Went immediately for Archery and then teched to Chariots and later to Catapults. I built an ancient wall to get the tech boost for Engineering and chopped in a Catapult to help take Rome. Currently researching Stirrups for Knights.

    What was your build order?
    I can't remember but I I think it was Slinger, Builder, Slinger, Slinger, Settler.

    Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?

    I declared early on Rome because they left an open Settler near my units. I was a barely able to take Arretium from them early because a bunch of barbarians closed in while a I was attacking. I had to sneak in a badly damaged Chariot to grab it in the nick of time. Rome was very kind with Setters and builders! They did the same thing near Rome while I was massing troops nearby for the capital assault.

    How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I accidentally started a Holy District in Washington pretty early - I really don't like the finality of district placement in Civ6. I built a few Campuses as well in my 2nd and 3rd cities and starting a commercial district in Arretium.

    Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    Not over military but I did built a few settlers and stole a few from Rome. I settled 4 cities and captured 3 Roman cities - I left Cumae alone.

    How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    I left the Barbarian combat card in for a long while as I had some trouble with them early then later prioritized the unit maintenance reduction. For economics I used the 50% Settler production boost and +1 production in each city. I switched to Oligarchy somewhere in the 80 range.

    What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    I'm trying to cultivate Carthage but losing to Greece right now. Hopefully an Encampment will help.

    Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Yes - no wars declared on me but Greece denounced me.

    How were the Barbarians?
    Tough - I had to rush buy some units and they almost foiled my attack on Arretium. They were constantly closing in on my cities early on and pillaging improvements because all my units were South focusing on Rome.

    Any surprises?

    I kind of expected to lose this one early so I'm surprised that I'm doing as well as I am on Deity.
     

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  12. CPWimmer

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    Like a number of the other posters, this is my first Cv-6 Deity game, so I'm a bit nervous. I consider myself a Good, but not Great player - although hints at how incompetent the AI is, even at high levels, has me pretty sure I can win the game - but probably not quickly. I feel I'm holding my own about the same as most of the other posters so far. At turn 102 I am in the middle of the pack on score with the AI's, and on a (slow) path to owning my continent.

    Where did you settle your city?
    Settled in place after warrior went north and found no new resources. It's interesting to me the number of people who went West one for instant hill access - I'll have to think about that next time.

    What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    TECH
    Mining (Turn 1-10)->Animal Husbandry(10-17)-> Archery (17-23)
    Bronze Working(23-32)->Pottery (32-37)->Writing(37-42)->Masonry(42-48)
    Wheel (48-61*)->Sailing(53-56)->Currency(56-62)->Engineering(62-74)
    Horseback Riding (74-77)->Construction(77-81)->Math(81-85)->Iron Working (85-87)
    Machinery(87-94)->Military Tactics (94-99)->Apprenticeship (Work In Progress)

    CIVICS
    CoL (1-15): +Discipline +God King
    Craftsmanship (15-26): -Discipline +Agoge
    Foreign Trade (26-46): -God King +Urban Planning
    Military Tradition (46-52): -Urban Planning +Ilkum
    Early Empire (52-60)-> State Workforce (60-67): -Agoge -Ilkum +Urban Planning +Discipline
    PP (67-76): ++OLIGARCHY: -Discipline +Conscription +Diplo League +Strategos
    Drama & Poetry (76-79): -Diplo League +Cha Leader
    Games & Rec (79-83): -Cha Leader +Diplo League
    Defensive Tactics (83-88): -Diplo League +Cha Leader
    Feudalism (88-96): -Urban Planning +Land Survey
    Recorded History (96-102): -Land Survey +Serfdom
    Military Training (Work In Progress)

    What was your build order?
    Slinger (T1-10)-> Builder(11-21) -> Slinger*(purchased T17)
    Settler (21-32) -> Archer (32-36) -> Settler (36-47)
    Warrior*(purchased T45 as an escort) -> Trader (47-52)->Builder (52-57)


    Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?

    Rome DoWed Greece early but left me alone. I surprise DoW'ed Rome when he dangled an un-escorted Settler near me on turn 45. I then killed off his roaming units near my territory in the next 5 tuns before mounting an actual attack on his territory. I had to pause mid-war after capturing one city but am now deep in War #2 with Rome.

    How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    Still the weakest part of my Civ 6 game. DC got a campus on Turn 69. That's the only one I built in American cities, although I did capture a few - and have an encampment in progress and a few others planned for the next 20-30 turns.

    Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    Yes - I have 4 US cities (built 2 settlers and captured a 3rd all before turn 50), and just captured my 2nd Roman City (Rome) on turn 102. I would have stopped at turn 100, but i knew i was SOOOO close to finally seizing Rome, I had to play just one more turn... (OK 2 more turns).

    How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    See civics above - God King for the Pantheon, Agoge to build up some of my initial army. Discipline a few times when I really needed it. And then adopted Oligarchy ASAP for balanced card support and the XP and Unit Strength bonuses

    What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    Same 2 as everyone else - both Rome and Greece are ahead of me on them in terms of relations. And Nan Madol introduced themselves to me on turn 62 by DoW'ing me as Rome became their Suzerian. Took my quite a while longer to actually get a scout down in that area.

    Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Yes, I even have a Joint War with my best bud Greece vs. Rome right now - too bad I will eventually have to back stab Pericles. I recently met Scythia and Norway as units of theirs discovered our continent. So far we seem pretty Neutral.

    How were the Barbarians?
    They were totally fine... until they weren't. Up through turn 65 I had the barbarians well in hand. with a few skirmishes here and there. But while I was at the height of my first war w/ Rome a small camp showed up on the west coast. I ignored it figuring I could handle it in a few turns... but I was wrong. On turn 67 out of the fog came the horses... oh my god the horses... there were so many of them!!! I negotiated peace w/ Rome (having just captured Ostia a few turns before) and turned my attention westward. They slaughtered my Archers, maimed my warriors, and only a fresh infusion of spearmen could turn the tide. By turn 75 things were under control but it took me 14 more turns to regroup so that I could restart my invasion of Rome. In the end I lost 20 turns of momentum and troop replacements to that horse barbarian camp.

    Any surprises?

    The last spawning of the Barbs as a horse camp, when the closest horse to that location was 5 tiles away in my territory! Also i didn't get access to Iron until very late, so I only recently brought swordsmen online.

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  13. TheJimbob

    TheJimbob Chieftain

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    Hi all, First post here. I started playing the reddit r/civ monthly challenge, but have been pretty underwhelmed by the community there (they've only had 1 actual challenge for civ 6 so far), so I thought I'd pop over here. I've been playing civ 6 far more than any of the other civ games I've owned. I recently won my first Immortal game, so this Deity save should be a challenge.

    Where did you settle your city?
    I went 1 tile to the west, across the river (provided I remember the settler starting location correctly).

    What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    I prioritized bronze working for early encampments after I had researched Writing and Currency. Eventually I pushed up towards Machinery, as Lumber mills and Crossbows are a nice mid game boost. I'm currently researching apprenticeship and will likely focus on Stirrups next.

    What was your build order?
    I went with a pretty army heavy build order. I'm not 100% sure what it was, but I believe i was pushing out 3 or so slingers before I did much else.

    Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?
    I started the first war very early on. I started exploration to the South of my city and stumbled across an unprotected Roman Settler to the east of the dead sea. I took the settler and fought for a handful of turns. Neither civ really did much other than kill a unit or two, but this gave me an early city which was very helpful. The second war was started by Pericles and didn't amount to much. He had one of my cities down to about 1/4 health, but my slingers were able to take out his warriors before he could capture it.

    How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I don't remember which turn I built it, but I prioritized a single science district first. My capital was well away from other civs, so I didn't want to build an encampment. I also didn't have the research for commercial districts yet.

    Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?
    I got a little lazy with my expansion. I have 5 cities at turn 105, although I have room to put 1 or 2 more cities to the Northeast. I plan on starting a war soon with Rome, as they have been extremely week in this game due to my initial settler theft.

    How did you play your governance cards, priorities?
    I rushed the government civic. I prioritized some builders, as well as early empire.

    What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?

    I continue to try to get Carthage to my side. The bonus is so powerful, especially in a domination victory. Nan Madol is around too, but I haven't done much with them.
    Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Rome, Scythia, and Greece started wars with me. They were pretty weak attemps at war though.
    How were the Barbarians?
    Barbarians to the North were fairly persistent in the first 35/40 turns or so. They attacked Washington and had half of the city health taken out or so. They also razed a few tiles. I eventually wiped out their camp and haven't had much more than a random barb since. I like to place units around the map to prevent too many camps from spawning, so I haven't had any major issues since.
    Any surprises?
    I've had to battle pretty hard to be suzerain of Carthage. Greece loves city states and keeps overtaking me.
     
  14. Khalid

    Khalid Warlord

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    Central Europe
    My fourth Civ6 game and I only finished the tutorial so far. But I read that the AI is aggresive, shich helped me so far.

    - Where did you settle your city?
    Settled in in place to get the stone.

    - What did you research and which policies did you choose and why?
    Mining, AH, archery. Barb policy, God King then +1 production.

    - What was your build order?
    scout, slinger, builder, slingerssss.

    - Who started the first war? Were you ready if it wasn't you?

    I DoWed Rome on sight, but got no settlers, only builders. Captured 2 Roman cities including Rome, but it took me very long.

    - How soon did you build a District? Which ones did you prioritize?
    I think I haven't build one so far.

    - Did you emphasize expansion? How many cities have you built/captured in the first 100 turns?

    Build one extra and captured 2 Roman

    - What City-States did you meet and which ones did you cultivate to your side?
    Met 2, all hostile all the time :confused:

    - Were your neighbors peaceful?
    Rome is peacefull now. Greece DoWed me on T90. They came right to Washington. I wiped his horse army and now I am trying to get his cities. But he is in industrial now and my archers cannot do him enough damage. And I do not have the money to upgrade them.

    - How were the Barbarians?
    Pain, a lot of pain. Now they have several swords around Washington. But thanks to them I had some army ready when Greece came.

    - Any surprises? - Lots of surprises.
    Only 2 city states.
    Lot of barbs from North.
    Greek attack. They went for Washington instead of the cities I took from Rome.
    I pillaged Roman districts. Now I do not have enough hammers to repair them :cry:
    I am in Mediaval era. Greece is industrial, but he still has horseman.
     
  15. Half Nelson

    Half Nelson Ancient Mariner Supporter

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    Location:
    Dundee, Scotland
    Decided to give this a go as an interesting comparison to 6oTM4. At Turn 103, I have 7 cities (4 built, including 1 from stolen Greek settler, plus 3 captured from Rome). I have built more cities than 6oTM4 at this stage because I only made contact with Roman settlers (escorted this game) as they were about to found cities. Annoying at the time, but actually with Rome it might be better to allow settling then capture because of the guaranteed monument + road in all Roman cities. I DoW with Greece on contact, stole a settler and returned North. I subsequently made peace and DoF with Greece. Attacked Rome with a force of 5 archers and 2 warriors, reinforced with chariots as they were built. Took nearest city easily, but then (unlike 6oTM4) met up with early walled defences. This slowed down my attack, but eventually I forced my way into Rome (turn 98) with loss of a single archer. I am still getting to grips with new movement restrictions and took a while to appreciate the added protection afforded to ranged units on hills from melee attack by non-adjacent units (such as the Roman legions protecting Rome). I have just researched Stirrups for knights but unfortunately cannot DoW Greece yet as my DoF has not ended. Is there any way to check on expiry date for DoF in the diplomacy screens (or wriggle out of a DoF)? I need to start exploring off-continent ASAP but shipbuilding is till 7 turns away. The Roman AI has one more city on the W coast beyond Greece so I will probably head there until the DoF with Greece finishes. I have met 2 other civs arriving by sea, so far the same opponents as 6oTM4 (I guess this is deliberate?).

    I have built an encampment and captured a second in Rome:- this will give me a shot at an early GG, something I lacked in 6oTM4. I also have a newly-completed campus in Washington. Next steps are to get the economy running (I have 3 commercial sectors under construction) and lay on some additional amenities. Happiness was a major issue for me in 6oTM4 through the Med-Ren period until I had zoos and this current map is a bit low in unique luxuries on the home continent. Only met 2 City States at present.
     

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