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A general strategy for Portugal

Discussion in 'Civ5 - Strategy & Tips' started by megabearsfan, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. claudiupb

    claudiupb King

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    I think the UU is pretty decent, and it's certainly not the worst in the game, others come to mind like Slinger and the Naresuan elephant. The turtle ship is also a situational bad unit.

    Caravels are not really supposed to be used in naval combat (this is why they have the withdraw before melee ability). They are more for exploration and the 1 extra movement for Nau is a good bonus. Plus they also have the cargo ability, which gives you gold AND xp. If you start with armory and get some XP towards that 3rd promotion they can make really good ironclads later on. I wouldn't say that they have no advantage in fight.
     
  2. megabearsfan

    megabearsfan Prince

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    It did at the time the article was written (at least, it seemed to according to my observations), and the in-game text implies that Feitorias are intended to provide a copy of the resource even while at war:

    - (http://www.dndjunkie.com/civilopedia/IMPROVEMENT_FEITORIA.aspx)

    I just booted up a quick game with a Ren start, built Feitorias in all the CSs, then declared war on them. I kept access to all their luxuries, including the Mercantile's jewelry. So I verified that the Feitoria does continue to provide access to the luxuries even when at war with the CS. This is where (IMO) a lot of Portugal's strength comes from. As long as the Feitorias are not pillaged, they guarantee that you keep access to luxuries, even when the inevitable ideological world war breaks out.
     
  3. vanatteveldt

    vanatteveldt Emperor

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    Does the AI pillage your feitorias if they are at war with you, or do they have to be at war with the city state the feitoria is in? Specifically, does a city state pillage the feitoria on its own territory if you declare war?
     
  4. megabearsfan

    megabearsfan Prince

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    A.I. behavior is very difficult to test, so I'm honestly not sure. I don't specifically recall ever having the A.I. pillage one of my feitorias, but I think I have had one or two of them were removed by A.I. archeologists doing digs on that tile. So I would say that the risk of feitorias being pillaged by the A.I. is fairly low. Of course, your results may vary.

    I'd like to hear other player's experiences with this.
     
  5. beetle

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    Thanks for verifying this! That is kind of crazy that one of the most significant perks of CS allied status (the luxes) is available to Portugal no matter what the relationship! I am going to be thinking how best to exploit that. Maybe constant bullying -- because money and who needs friend when you have their toys? Maybe DOW them all for XP training?
     
  6. megabearsfan

    megabearsfan Prince

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    Well, the feitoria only grants the luxuries. If you're not allied, you don't get any strategics, or the bonus culture, food, faith, units, or happiness. So there is still value in being friends or allied.
     

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