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Best Ancient Wonder

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by MidnightRambler, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. MidnightRambler

    MidnightRambler The Streetwalkin Cheetah

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    if you had to chose only one of the ancient wonders to build, which would it be and why?
     
  2. CarlCarlson

    CarlCarlson Chieftain

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    pyramids are pretty sweet as is the oracle because of all the gov civics and free tech respectively
     
  3. Inqvisitor

    Inqvisitor King

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    Pyramids. Long-term benefits are much greater than say with Stonehenge or the Oracle.
     
  4. Mulholland

    Mulholland Happy New Year!!!!

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    Pyramids, hands down. +3 happiness is huge at that stage in the game.
     
  5. Guerra

    Guerra Warlord

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    I concur. Pyramids. My favorite.
     
  6. Zombie69

    Zombie69 Emperor

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    No contest.
     
  7. Sisiutil

    Sisiutil All Leader Challenger

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    Toss-up between Pyramids and Oracle.

    Like everyone else said, getting representation that early is a big boost. But I just played a game where, for the first time, I use the "CS Slingshot" (build Oracle and research Code of Laws simultanously, have both completed in same turn, get Civil Service for your free tech). It made a HUGE difference--I leaped ahead of every other civ and stayed there the rest of the game. (Plus seeing "You have entered the Classical era!" and "You have entered the Medieval era!" within 30 seconds of one another is a hoot.)

    Nice to get both if you can manage it, but at the higher levels, I'm usually lucky to get one.
     
  8. mikezang

    mikezang Pegasus

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    Stonehenge, this is my favorite! I build it in all games.
     
  9. ticktockclok

    ticktockclok Chieftain

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    Thats only easy to do on noble and lower though. I think once you get monarch and higher, it gets hard to do that and survive barbarians. Maybe on prince, but I've never tried it. If I ever go for an ancient wonder, its always the Pyramids, and a little later, maybe the Great Lighthouse.
     
  10. Mutineer

    Mutineer Deity

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    Problem with "CS Slingshot" is that is not not garanty. Some one can snach it befor you and after that all your strategy come apart, or you forced to take Col or even just Monarchy or metallcasting from it.
    It is not that bad, but still, Piramids are sure bet and there loss does not destroy othe rparts of your strategy.
     
  11. mcnich

    mcnich Chieftain

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    Pyramids get my vote. Hard to argue with those Engineers. Spend that first one on the Great Library and get that research machine going.
     
  12. Jmaz

    Jmaz Chieftain

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    I like playing as Catherine so Stonehenge is not needed as she starts with 2 culture points. Not being Industrial really hampers the Pyramids. My usual start for tech is;
    Monotheism
    Priesthood (Oracle)
    Bronzeworking
    Code of Laws

    This start really only leaves me the Oracle for an early wonder. It also seems that I never start with Stone or Marble.

    I forgot Pottery (after bronze, before code of Laws)
     
  13. VirtualM

    VirtualM Chieftain

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    pyramids!!
     
  14. voek

    voek Prince

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    pyramids is best, but GL is also very good and you have a much greater chance to get it.
     
  15. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Pyramids definitely. Stonehenge if you badly need culture for expanding initial city borders.
     
  16. Solo4114

    Solo4114 Prince

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    I prefer Pyramids for long-term benefits, but it's dependent upon who you're playing, I suppose, and the situation. All things being equal, though, I'd go with Pyramids for the civic flexibility and happiness.
     
  17. emills

    emills Warlord

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    The Question: If I had to choose only one ancient wonder, what would it be?

    The Answer: A settler.
     
  18. JoshuaOst

    JoshuaOst Chieftain

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    Pyramids are pretty sweet. Either that or the oracle.
     
  19. nachoslim109

    nachoslim109 Chieftain

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    Can't go wrong with the pyramids
     
  20. Gherald

    Gherald Prince

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    With a Fin civ, the best ancient wonder is without a doubt Civil Service ;)

    With any other Civ, especially a Phi, Pyramids may be the way to go. But Liberalism -> Constitution is almost as good as the Pyramids... you can get there pretty fast with a Fin, completely ignoring lesser branches of the tech tree like Feudalism and Metal Casting...

    Great Engineers are overrated; Great Prophets are much nicer to keep your research at 100% the whole game.
     

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