This is the spoiler thread for Carthage in the Pitboss game. If you are one of my opponents (azzaman33, memphus, ronnie1 or civplayah), hie away!! I have booby-trapped this thread to spread purple dye on your fingers. it will show up in your posts!!! ok - if you are still reading, no worries. I was bluffing about the purple dye I am Carthage - Financial and Charismatic. Gets promotions for 25% less, one extra happy per city, 1 happy for a monument and broadcast tower, plus the financial bonus. I get no (zero, nada, zilch) cheap buildings, so I'll have to be smart about builds (and probably just build a lot of units My UU is the Numidian Cavalry, a 5 strength horse archer that starts with flanking I AND gets a 50% boost vs. melee units. So it sucks vs. archers, but is dangerous vs. spears and has a base 30% chance to withdraw. With barracks and stables, I can get to sentry or shock or even formation. I get promotions at 2, 4, 8, 13, 20, 28 and 37 (and up, of course) My UB is the Cothon, which is an amped up harbor (+1 trade route), but is a litttle more expensive. Basic Strategy: Coastal towns will get commerce bonuses, inland towns will make military. Get to HBR and make a stack and go out and kill someone - or, at least, just have a lot of mobile war - flanking II and mobility is nice. Our start is nice: First question is: Settle in place (lose 2 gold from the camp, but get an extra shield for the ivory in the capitol. I think I'll settle in place) We have fish, wheat and an FP, so a ton of food - first build will be a workboat with a forest plain hill, then work the fish and build a 2nd warrior. Question is: what is a good tech plan after that? Monuments are useful, but not yet. BW is good and we start with mining, so it seems to me that that is the right first step. BW, Hunting, agri, AH, Wheel, Pottery, HBR sounds like a tech path. We'll see what surprises there are out there. Dunno if there are huts or not - if there are, then getting a warrior out faster is a good thing. Also, finding people with hunting would be useful, to get a bonus on that. This should be a bloody game!!!