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Best speed for learning the basics

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by The LittleOne, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. The LittleOne

    The LittleOne Chieftain

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    Title seems pretty obvious :p . I mostly play Quik, but I'm thinking that might not be the right speed to learn the basic tactics.. What do you think ?
     
  2. pomthom

    pomthom Drive & Reverb

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    Quick is the hardest speed so indeed not the best to learn :crazyeye: (or is it?? :lol:)

    I'd have to say Normal or Epic because these are the speeds where the game's mechanisms are the most balanced (although I personally only play on Normal).
     
  3. Htadus

    Htadus A and L's dad

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    Quick is not very forgiving when you make mistakes. I recommend normal. 100 to 150 turns out of 500 turn games are not that many to realize you have been messing up. You should know if you are playing well by the time it is turn 100+.

    0 AD is another good indicator if you are having a good game or not too. If you can expand to about 7-11 cities and maintaining about 20-50% science, you are doing good on a standard map on emperor level.
     
  4. Seraiel

    Seraiel If you want anything from I please ask in German

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    Quick speed is very badly scaled. It's i. e. 1T faster to directly build an Improvement instead of first chopping and then building it, certain things like i. e. getting diplomacy-points isn't scaled at all, meaning that it simply takes multiple times as long on Quick than it would on slower game-speeds. Also, pomthom is right that Quick speed is the hardest of because mistakes / errors / flaws are a lot worse: Spending i. e. 1T on a road that's not needed wouldn't mean too much in a Marathon game that lasts 1000+ turns but on Quick, it's that you half-completed a road and 1 lost turn can even mean 2 lost turns because it's likely that finishing the road now brings better results than not finishing it.

    I'd personally recommend Epic Speed for the map-sizes Large and above and below that, you're good advised to choose standard speed if you want to learn "standard-play" .

    Getting the basics comes from watching Videos, reading Writeups and posting games in these forums giving other users the opportunity to give advice and comment on the playstyle, all of that doesn't have anything to do with game-speed except that most players in this specific subforum play on standard speed. It's generally possible however to find players that are comfortable with any speeds or specialists that play specific settings like Huge / Marathon, Always War or One City Challenge, to attract those you should choose a fancy title for your thread that attracts them.
     
  5. TheMeInTeam

    TheMeInTeam Top Logic

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    Quick is the most difficult speed:

    1. Military is crimped, and it's the player's biggest advantage.
    2. On decent difficulties, you rely on breaking out militarily often, and quick blocks that to a degree
    3. Quick makes culture, the only VC the default AI even tries to achieve, faster from a direct scale standpoint

    The speed which the game is best-balanced (though still not) to handle is normal/standard. For large maps, slower speeds makes more sense (faster for smaller).
     
  6. crazyotto65

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    You have got to go normal speed, at least at first.
     

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