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Asterix the Gaul -- Or: How to get the biggest bang out of the Gallic Swordsman

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Succession Games' started by Lanzelot, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Lanzelot

    Lanzelot Moderator Moderator

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    Ok, some feedback on what I saw in the 350 AD sav:
    • First of all, the D-Day fleet has now embarked and a good number of GSs is on the way! :goodjob: A tip for the attack: don't attack too early when dealing with pikes. Nothing is worse than attacking a town, losing a handful of units in the process, red-lining every defender but not killing any of them... Next turn they are completely healed again, you have to start all over the next attack, and basically lost your units for nothing. Attack once you are sure of having a sufficient superiority in numbers to actually take that town! So if a town has 3 pikes, wait until you have 9 GS in position for the attack. You may lose 2 or even 4, but you'll take the town. Then wait until you have refilled the ranks with reinforcements and then proceed.
    • There are still a few towns building "Wealth" that could do something useful instead. Don't disdain the totally corrupt 1spt towns! It's still better than 1gpt. For example in Russia you still need 4 settlers and possibly 3-4 temples to grab the last 46 tiles:
      Yakutsk, Axima, Glevum and Macao can use a temple. And the following settlers should be built:
    • In your past spoilers (and especially in the current one) I have occasionally noticed events like "Tatung riots", "Isca riots" etc. This probably happens because you have units in the town to heal and/or quell resistors, and then during the interturn the quelled resistors turn into unhappy faces and make the town riot, before you get the chance to interfere in this process.
      I know this from own experience, and always found it quite annoying, because often you want to rush something urgently (like a worker or settler in order to reduce the population, or a unit to fend off an expected counter attack, etc) and then you often lose two valuable turns, so that the rush takes 4 turns instead of 2:
      • You've made sure the town doesn't riot and will produce its one shield, but during interturn a few resistors are quelled, the town goes into riot and the shield box is still empty.
      • In the second turn, you restore order again by turning every non-resistor into an entertainer, then the last resistors are quelled and the town goes into disorder again. So even though the town is now resistor-free, you still can't rush (even if you would be willing to pay the full price that comes with an empty shield box...)
      • Third turn you restore order, and finally the first shield is produced.
      • In the fourth turn you can then rush at half price.
      Recently someone told me a trick how to avoid this. When capturing the town, first thing contact the governor and then activate the following flag:

      After setting this flag to "Yes", the governor turns the newly quelled resistors automatically into entertainers right in the interturn, and the town never riots! So the first turn produce the first shield and the next turn you can already rush (provided no resistors are left).
      2-3 shields here and there may not seem much, but I must say, I've been using this little trick for freshly captured towns in my last couple of GOTMs, and I must say, during the course of a long game, these shields add up and in the end amount to a quite tangible advantage.
    • I noticed you still have all your 3 iron sources connected. Don't you plan on using disconnect/connect? You have now 5700g in the bank account, and I think you need to use to gold in order to win the game asap.
      But while you are not using the gold, it may be a good idea to turn all your 70 taxmen into scientists and finish Engineering quickly. I did a quick test: if you hire 52 scientists, Engineering will be done in 3 turns. I think it is very likely that you will need Cavalry in this game, but even if it turns out you don't, Engineering is still quite useful for increased speed across rivers and for adding like 5 trebuchets to your attack force. (Usually artillery units only slow you down, but in this case, when fighting pikes or even muskets with GS, it may make sense to use them to minimize losses?! Sometimes you will need to wait for reinforcements anyway, and then you have time to bring them into position.)
      If you don't want to use the money for disconnect/reconnect, a different idea might be the following: in the first 3 (connected) beachhead towns on the new continent rush a harbor and 3 barracks and then keep rushing a new GS every other turn. That way you'll get many units right at the front line very quickly!
     
  2. splunge the 2nd

    splunge the 2nd King

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    Thanks Lanz. I'm already settling the gaps in Russia, pretty much where you indicated.
    Can you explian the disconnect/reconnect technique? Do you need a milatary unit to pillage the road to disconnect or can workers do it?

    So far so good on my conquest of Babylonia. I have "boots on the ground" and took a city defended by muskets. I'm on track to take the Lighthouse and then on to the Library. When I finish this set of 10, I'll post.
     
  3. Lanzelot

    Lanzelot Moderator Moderator

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    This strategem is a very powerful tool to produce military units quickly by using shields as well as gold. It should work quite well for all units that require a certain strategic resource and that have a predecessor that doesn't require that resource.
    Basically you disconnect the resourse, build the predecessor, reconnect the resource and upgrade the unit using gold. If you have captured Leonardo's Workshop, it becomes ridiculously powerful... ;)

    The most common case is probably the Horseman -> Knight upgrade (using the iron as differentiating resource), but I've also used it for Horseman -> Cavalry upgrade (using the saltpeter). In our case we'll use it for Warrior -> Gallic Swords, so I'll illustrate it via that example.

    You need to pillage 2 of your 3 connected iron sources. On the last remaining source position a warrior (or other cheap unit, like a spearman you no longer need) as well as 6 workers. At the end of your turn, perform the following steps:
    1. Pillage the iron resource
    2. Go to F1 and set all towns that make less than 14spt to Warrior.
    3. Activate the six workers and repair the road on the iron hill.
    4. End the current turn.
    5. Now during the IBT phase, whenever a popup comes up saying "X has completed the project Warrior", zoom into the city screen, right-click the new warrior and upgrade it to Gallic Swordsman. (That's why you need to reconnect the iron as the last step of the previous turn!)
    And all the upgraded GS will be ready to move already this turn! (Thanks to Spoonwood for pointing this out.) Basically that way a city with 10spt or 11spt can produce a new GS every turn instead of every 4 turns! And even a town with 5spt, which would normally take 8 turns to build a 40s-GS, can produce GS at the rate of one every other turn! (So I guess you can already image, how powerful this is...)
    Of course it requires lots of gold, so having marketplaces in your core and lot's of luxuries or happiness wonders (Artemis, Oracle, Hanging Gardens) are essential for this.

    In the normal usecase Horseman -> Knight you try to get many cities to 10spt for 3-turn Horsemen or 15spt for 2-turn Horsemen. Some Civs are not suited for this, for example India: the War Elephant doesn't require any resources, so once you discover Chivalry, there is no way to build another Horseman, ever... :mad: In C3C the War Elephant at least has an extra hitpoint, but in PTW, it is just a Knight that doesn't require resources and doesn't have any other benefit, so in my opinion it's an even more useless UU than the American F-15... ;) (Unless you are stuck in a bad start location without any resources... Then it can be your life-saver...)
     
  4. splunge the 2nd

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    Thanks Lanzelot for the clear explanation.
    In my game, I've managed to take 3 core cities from babylon including the capital. I got the Library slingshot so no more gallics but with taxmen to beakerheads, it's a realtively short hop to cavalry.

    I'll see about the dsiconnect/reconnect for knights. I just have to find all my iron...
     
  5. splunge the 2nd

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    Here's the next 10.
    I'm at 51% of the land.
    Spoiler :
    Turn 151
    Cleopatra is mad at our shipping though her territory. ROP.
    Neopilis galley>galley
    Pompeii worker>settler
    Yarosavl spear (oops)>wealth
    Hispalis galley>galley
    Byzantium warrior>warrior
    segusio worker>wealth
    Workers work, ships sail

    Turn 152
    Babylonian galley appears in our shipping lanes
    Entermont GS>GS
    Sahntung galley>galley
    Lugdunum GS>GS
    Cumae settler>horse
    Camulundunum GS>GS
    Yekiternibug worker>settler
    Virpcunnium galley>galley
    Galley drops 2 GS's in Lazoux for safety then sinks Babylonian galley, loses 1 health (lucky!)

    Turn 153
    Alesia galley>galley
    Novgorod settler>worker
    Nanking galley>galley
    Gergovia GS>GS
    Miami galley>galley
    Ratae Cor galley>galley
    First troops land in Babylon, iron mountain by Akkad

    Turn 154
    Entremont GS>GS
    Richbirough GS>GS
    Verulanium GS>GS
    Vladivostock worker>wealth
    Virocunanium galley>galley
    Build Noviomagus on Russian continent
    Kill 2 vet muskets and longbow, losing 2 GS's in Akkad.

    Turn 155
    No Babylonian counter attack!?!
    Shanghai Settler>settler
    Camulundunum GS>GS
    Philly galley>galley
    Hispalis galley>galley
    Miami galley>galley
    Tatung warrior>warrior
    Ratae Cor galley>galley
    Sweet-Nippur, my next target just finished the Great lighthouse!

    Turn 156
    Cleo offers us a deal, we decline Monarchy but buy Engineering. Lone scientist on Feudalsim
    Still no counter attack by Babylon
    Entremont GS>GS
    Akkad resistance ends and riots. set all to taxmen
    Attack Nippur. 1 GS retreats, 1 dies. 2 win and the lighthouse is ours!
    LAnd more troops. 2 GS die and 1 promote killing Bowman and Knight in the open by Babylon.

    Turn 157
    Babylon wants peace. Nope.
    Lugdunum GS>GS
    Akad is pacified
    Pisae gets plague
    Gergovia GS>GS
    Anyang galley>horse

    Turn 158
    Knight takes back weakly held Nippur
    Knight kills isolated GS heading to Babylonian iron
    Moscow settler>settler
    Entermont GS>GS
    Cumae Settler>settler
    Camundunum GS>GS
    Verulamium GS>GS
    YAkutsk settler>worker
    MAcao settler>
    Attack Babylon 3 retreats, 2 losses 3 wins and the city is ours. We own the GL and oracle for now.
    Lose GS to longbow on hill across river by Babylon. It dies to GS not across river.
    Build Arosio in our desert.

    Turn 159
    From the GL we get Monarchy, Feudalism, Theology (so much for the oracle), Chivalry, Education (so much for the GL and Artemis), Invention, Gunpowder, Astronomy. Start on Chemistry and switch taxmen to scientists.
    Chem in 5 turns. 0 science, 10% lux and still +197 GPT.
    Riots everywhere with loss of Artemis.
    Nippur warrior>warrior
    Lezoux warriro>warrior
    Nippur is retaken.
    Babylon's iron is pillaged. Don't know if they have more.
    Build Durocorturum in the interios of our continet. Start knight
    Build Eboracum on tip of old Russia start worker We're at 50/67% of the world/population

    Turn 160
    Babylonian MI retreats exploring GS, LB kills GS
    Beijing settler>settler
    Novogood worker>wealth
    Lose 4 or so GS's taking Nineveh, win Sun Tzu's. Might help
    vGS kills LB in open, promotes
    2 retreats, no losses taking Eubar
    Still 5 turns to Chemistry? I guess building workers and settlers cut scientists. Research to 10, chem in 4.
    Build Cataractonium betweeen Rome and Neopolis
    Build LApurdum near Yakutsk
    Switch all the pop in Babyulon to scientists and science is back to 0
     

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  6. Lanzelot

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    splunge the 2nd:
    The Great Lighthouse and Sun Tzu's! What a stroke of luck... That cuts the distance to Babylon down to half, as you no longer need to go all around the "Gulf of Egypt", and you can now rush vet units right at the front!
    Don't waste any time now! The game is about to end in the next 10-15 turns, and you are still sitting on a pile of 6500 gold... If I'll still find you sitting on that gold by the end of the game, then :trouble:
    In all those 5 towns, rush a Knight every other turn!

    Regarding research I'm now unsure what is best. You got Chivalry from the GLib, and considering how weak Babylon has been so far, that may be sufficient. To Cavalry it still takes 11 turns, and the game may be over by then. And France doesn't have Gunpowder yet! Perhaps best is:
    • Stop research again and just rush a few more Knights. Babylon can't offer that much more resistance, and France has only pikes. (And they have no gold, so even if they get Gunpowder in the next couple of turns, they won't be able to upgrade. So you'll only meet a lone musket here and there, which they were able to build by hand. (If any...)
    • Make a RoP with France. As soon as you have broken through the Babylonian territory, send 10 Knights to Paris, take the Great Wall and then the rest of the towns...
    • Besides Knights, you'll also need something to fill the gaps... So in any town > 2 rush a settler. (E.g. Babylon! Don't wait until the population has starved below 3. Rush now.) And also don't waste time irrigating now. Any workers that you capture can be joined to towns < 3, so that you can rush a settler from them!
    • I just noticed: you didn't rush the temples that I recommended last time. Do that now. For a religious civ they are worth it. By rushing 4 temples, you'll gain 18 tiles:
      Yakutsk (5), Noviomagus (4), Axima (4), Glevum (5). Three settlers in Ravenna, Shantung, Hangchow will give you another 8 tiles.
    I do think that along these lines victory can be achieved in the next turnset. You are approx. 200 tiles from reaching domination, so you only need 20 tiles per turn on average, which is two new or captured towns per turn. That should be possible, if you use all your money now.

    PS: I think you overdid it a bit with galleys now... :mischief: Ten empty galleys at Richborough and nothing to transport?! Perhaps short-rush another round of Knights in the core, so they will reach the front in time to still make an impact. Also sail 6 workers and the settler at Viroconnium over to marsh island: there's another easy 9 tiles to be gained.
     
  7. Lanzelot

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    Here's another trick, that some may not yet heard of: "short-rushing".

    The problem is: assume you have a town that makes 10spt. You want to build Knights quickly (that means faster than one every 7 turns...). You have lot's of cash (and we assume that for some reason you can't do disconnect/connect).
    If you just rush a Knight every other turn, you have to pay 4x60 = 240 gold. (And the 10 shields the town produces on the second turn are wasted.)

    The solution is: switch to a musket, rush it for 4x50 = 200 gold, then switch back to Knight. The "ordinary" 10spt of the town's production will finish the Knight anyway, and you have saved 40g.

    If you want to produce even faster (one Knight per turn), the procedure can be applied as follows:
    The shield-box is empty, so rushing costs 8 gold per shield instead of the usual 4 gold. If you rush the Knight right-away, that would be 8x70 = 560 gold... So what you do is:
    switch to worker, rush it for 80 gold, then switch to musket, rush it for 200 gold as above and then switch back to Knight and let it complete as in the previous example. This time you have payed only 280 gold, saving 50%!!

    The same procedure can be applied in many various situations, basically whenever a town would waste many shields when rushing something, or in a slightly different manner, when producing with a lot of "overrun". An example for that: you don't have much money, so you want to produce mainly with your shields. You have a city making 20spt and you want to produce Knights. If you just let it run normally, it will take 4 turns, wasting 10 shields on the last turn (called "shield overrun"). So what you do is:
    - First turn: let it produce 20s
    - Second turn: switch to settler, rush it for 4x10 gold (making it a total of 30s in the box), switch back to Knight and then let the city produce its usual 20s for a total of 50s.
    - Third turn: The usual 20s make it a total of 70s and complete the Knight!
    For the price of 40g every three turns, you are producing Knights at a 3-turn rate instead of a 4-turn rate, and you are not wasting any shields anymore!

    Lots of similar applications possible, e.g. when producing Knights at 15spt:
    - 15s
    - short-rush 40s-Longbow for 4x25 = 100g, produce 15 more to make it 55s
    - another 15s fill the required 70!
    So for 100g every three turns, the city can build Knights at 3 turns instead of 5 turns, almost 50% faster!
     
  8. jiikoo

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    That is cheating, period.
     
  9. templar_x

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    jiikoo - re-read what Lanzelot wrote, and you very probably will not see it that way. at least not if you do not esteem that short-rushing in general is cheating. and seeing that 1s=2, 4 or 8 gold, depending on your situation, i think it is quite clear that the software designer did not see it that way.

    actually, the alternative, if you find this is cheating, is that if you can make e.g. 39 shields in a town but want to make a longbow finish in one turn, the only correct way to do this is rush that unit for the full 320 gold. some purist may find that the only possible way to play, but i would find that plain stupid.

    t_x
     
  10. splunge the 2nd

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    I didn't want to do the ROP rape but am close to winning. I'm on turn 12 of the next 10 :) and will post the win! I was tempted to gift France chem and metalurgy to kill the great wall but would rather not risk facing muskets.
    Thanks for the explanation of short rushing. I've used it before but the technique to "even out" the shileds with the settler rush is pretty slick.

    The fiction of switching production is funny when you think about it. There was a comical story here on the forums where a player nearly finished the lighthouse but had to switch to a temple that they humorously describe as 15 stories of lighthouse topped with a temple! I would call it using the system and not cheating though to rush and switch production.
     
  11. Lanzelot

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    Another way to look at is as a "workaround/correction" for a serious short-coming of the system. Because the main underlying reason for all these tricks is the fact that surplus shields simply go waste. Why should 10 shields go waste, if I produce 4x20 and the Knight requires only 70? And why does the entire production of a town go waste, if the shield-box is already full (because of a rushing)? The fact that even the programmers considered this a short-coming can be seen by the fact that they "corrected" it in Civ4: in Civ4 shield-overrun is carried over to the next turn.
     
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    Lurker: You can also use the short-rush system in conjunction with the "pre-turn" opportunities, mobilization bonuses, golden age, forest chops, and specialists, of course, remember that, money gets harnessed before shields do, so you can milk a city twice on the pre turn, short rush after and just sit back and let the shield output kick in.

    The cities overrun can easily be seen in CAII.
     
  13. splunge the 2nd

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    Victory! Domination in 630. I could have done a better rush of knights, but cav were so close. I also wanted to try the connect/disconnect and ship chaining for the learning.
    Given the theme of "How to get the biggest bang out of the Gallic Swordsman, " I ended the game with taking my last French city with just Gallic Swordsmen!
    Here's the turn log and save for anyone still following:

    Spoiler :
    Turn 161
    Alesia Caravel>knight
    GS and AC atttack Asshur. 2 die, 4 retreat and 3 win to take city netting gems, saltpeter and slaves.

    Turn 162
    Entremont Knight>knight
    Lots of GS's attack Eubar. 3 retreat, 4 die and 2 win, leaving a wounded musket to heal next tunr. Drat.
    Exploring galley finally navigates all the way around Egyptian continent

    Turn 163
    IBT Egypt captures Babylonia swamp city before we could nab it. Ellipi sends LB kills a GS in SOD.
    Camolundunum Knight>knight
    Verulanium Knight>knight
    Gergovia Knight>knight
    Build Lindum inour desert. Starts wealth
    A GS and a AC die but the eGS kills the musket in Samara. Lose 2 GS's killing a MI and a spear but take the city.
    Build Lindum in Babylon continent, start LB for now
    Build Deva near Canto and Pompeii. Starts wealth
    Chem in 1, turn research to 0 and switch a ton of scientists to taxmen

    Turn 164
    Richborough knight>knight
    Switch back to scientists, research to 20, mettalurgy in 4.

    Turn 165
    Moscow AC
    Lugdunum knight>horse
    Verulanium horse>horse. Upgrades to knight
    Lose 2 vet GS's attacking ellipi. 1 retreat and manage to kill 2 muskets and a spear
    Take Eridu losing only 1 GS, killing 2 muskets and 1 LB. Babylon is a lone city. We still have 5 turns left to the alliance.
    I'll let it run out, build my forces and then tun on France.
    Rush a few settlers in Bbaylonia

    Turn 166
    France asks us to leave, we aquiesce. Egypt kills the Babylonians.
    Babylon settler>worker
    Entermont knight>knight (will cahnge to horse)
    Shanghai settler>welath
    Nineveh settler>wealth
    With the war over, WLTKD everywhere!
    Gegovia horse>knight (upgrade horse to knight)
    Samarra seettler>worker
    Tatung warrior>caravel
    Egypt has started Copernicus
    Pillage iron, switch production to horses.
    Science to zero and metalurgy still in 3.
    Game crashes and try to restore where I was from auto save.
    Nuild New Entremont near Nineveh starts LB

    Turn 167
    Alesia hors>knight
    Ashur Settler>wealth
    Philly horse>knight
    Burgidala horse>knight
    Build New Alesia near Nineveh
    We trade Egypt wine for 14 gold + 5 gpt

    Turn 168
    France boots us
    Entremont horse>knight
    Nineveh settler>worker
    Richborough horse>knight
    Samara settler>worker
    Yakutsk worker>worker
    MAcao worker>worker
    Found New Lugdunum near Samarra
    Buidl New Camulundunum near Samarra
    Build NSew Richborough near Velii
    Build New Verulanium near Rome wealth
    Metalurgy in 1. Turn scientists to taxmen.
    Build New Gergovia near New Lugdunum
    Build New Augustadorum near Ellipi
    Science to 10, specialists to scientists, MT in 4.

    Turn 170
    Babylon Settler>settler
    Nineveh worker>worker
    Verulanium horse to knight>knight
    Yekatiberg settler>disbands to clear for disconnect saltpeter
    Gergovia horse to knight>knight
    Lezoux warrior>wealth
    French start Leo
    Declare on France, get Egypt on our side with 2 luxes
    eGS kills knight and gets the first leader
    vKnight kills MI onmountain allows SOD to hold attack point near Beasacon
    Build New Agedincum on Egypt border
    Build New Eboracum near Pisae

    Turn 171
    3 Frenchknights die attqacking units on mountains, kill 2 units in open
    Egypt renews ROP
    Hangchow settler>settler
    Miami knight>horse
    Lyons falls with no losses.
    Besanquin falls with no losses. Kill a few loose french units, lose a GS to a MI in woods.
    Builld New Burigalda adjacent, not on saltpeter on Russian continent

    Turn 172
    French night kills redlined GS on mountain. French knight kills AC in . French MI dies to sGS, netting another leader!
    Entremont knight>knight
    Camulodunum Horse>knight
    Richborough horse>knight
    Take Zariqum lose 1 vGS adn promote a vet and a regular

    Turn 173
    French knight kills redlined GS in mountain
    French LB dies attacking knight. French MI retreats GS.
    Alesia horse>knight
    Lugdunum knight>knight
    Eridu knight>knight
    Besancon worker
    Gergovia horse>knight
    NewLugdunum knight>knight
    New Camulolundum kngiht>knight
    After a bloody fight, take France and the Great wall falls.Shurrupak falls.
    Kill knight in mouintains with knight.
    Build New Cataractonium near Lyons

    Turn 174
    LB kills GS
    Knight kills lone GS in Paris.
    We learn MT
    Take Shurupak
    Rush lots of cav

    Turn 175
    LB kills GS
    Lots of settlers, lots of cav
    Take Grenoble with GS's, AC and knight.
    Take Rouen with cav and knight armies (overkill)
    Take Orleans

    Turn 176
    Various disorder
    Lyons cav, Besancon cav, Nippur cav, Zariqum cav, New Alesia cav,
    Build New Lindum near Orleans
    Cahrtres and Avignon fall. Build New Namauses near Lyons. Build New Cuvernum near Paris.
    3 GS's kill 2 spears in Cherburg winning the game!
     

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    congrats, splunge! you finished that game considerably faster than most players would, and that in your first attempt. very well done.
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  15. Lanzelot

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    Congratulations from me as well! Domination in 640 AD on Emperor on a not-too-easy continents map! What else is there to say.

    I finally took a look at the last save. If you still want to hear my final remarks, well here you go: I think you could still have edged out 2-3 turns as follows:
    • There's an overwhelming force of Cavalry (and two Armies!) down at the south of France. Considering that France has like 5 spearmen left, this force can't really be employed there. If you had led it into Egypt around 5-7 turns ago, when it became obvious that France would falter easily to an army half the size, these Cavs could have taken some cities in Egypt.
    • There's still 1000g in the bank account. Using that to rush some more Cavs directly on the Egyptian border who can join the Cavs being redeployed from France as mentioned in the previous point, would have enlarged the effect of that operation.

    Both points combined could have achieved victory a bit quicker. (I think. I haven't tried it out, so maybe wrong. But the large Cavalry force that is sitting idle in the final save is an indication that the above may be right. In general, in a fast domination game you need to keep your entire army well-deployed all the time. There are a few exceptions, like when you want to avoid starting the GA too early or when preparing a RoP rape or when waiting to buy another important tech from the victim or letting them complete Artemis, etc.)

    Hope you liked the game and found it instructive (at least for the "evil way of playing" :devil:...) Of course it doesn't teach the student much for the other victory conditions, and perhaps some time I'll try a different type of game like trying to win in the most peaceful way, playing in builder style and helping the poor AI as good as we can...

    Lanzelot
     
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    I haven't checked in on this thread in a while. Congrats Splunge!

    I'd like to point out some more things about the disconnect-reconnect.

    I haven't done it in a full game, but if you play as Egypt, and don't have your golden age, you can disconnect-reconnect war chariots->knights or war chariots->cavalry. So, you only need 20 shields instead of 30 for the not upgraded unit.

    Industrious tribes, of course, don't need as many workers to hook up a resource in a single turn. Before Replaceable Parts, you only need 2 industrious workers to hook up say saltpeter on flatland, 4 workers for a resource on a hill, and 6 on a mountain. Regular workers need 3 worker turns for flatland, 6 for a hill, and 9 for a mountain.

    Along with Egypt, you might want to play with Russia, the Ottomans, the Mongols, Arabia, and anyone else with a cavalry or knight UU which costs a different amount than normal when figuring all of this out.

    Developing your building and trading skills especially can definitely help here also! Larger map sizes can make things easier in this regard (corruption is lower, so you can more easily get your cities to X shields per turn, *and* the AIs usually have more gpt available), especially from Demi-God on up (the AIs usually have more gpt available, and gpt available earlier), given that you can sell tech for gpt. In turn, you have more money for upgrades. In other games, you might even want to fore-go any sort of early attack and put in libraries, perhaps universities so that you can research and then sell techs. The first 6 posts here may prove interesting or useful in this regard, as in that game, before I MGLed the Military Academy and started buying wormies (worker-armies... builder skills can help here too), I traded around for techs in the ancient age as usual, put both libraries and universities in my core cities, started selling techs for gpt as soon as I could, and upgraded as many units as I could from horses to knights and then cavalry. I think I also upgraded a few spears to pikes, and a few spears to muskets, as well as trebuchets to cannons. One more thing to note... the turn you learn a tech via research, all units immediately get changed to the best unit available... so the disconnect-reconnect won't worker that turn (though it will work the turn immediately before and after that turn).
     
  17. splunge the 2nd

    splunge the 2nd King

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    Thanks for the post game feedback. Yes, I could have won a a few turns earlier. I porbably could have gotten it done with just knights, but I wanted the elan of finishing with the GS's per the goal of the game.

    I bumped up against the unwanted best unit available when I learned a tech or 2, messing up the disconnect strategy.

    I think my early game worker tactics improved. I see how cocnentrating on the core early with terrain improvement pays off rather then spreading them out to the hinterlands. Getting a working worker factory helped. Also I enjoyed playing with ship chaining.
     

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