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Condensed tips for beginners?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by Roger_Mellie, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. ArchGhost

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  2. Poppy67

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    Hi all...thanks for all the work put in over the years... Just started playing civ4 bts again...had it since it come out...was never as successful as i wanted to be... Everything here inn the past 125 Pages was so helpful ... I read every one took a few days lol... But wow...just wow my game play is improving by leaps n bounds...

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  3. Hesha

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    Hey guys, this might be a stupid question, but 125 pages of posts isn't really all that condensed anymore and since the War Academy has an update from 2017 saying that everything is horribly outdated, I'm wondering if there is a guide somewhere that can bring me up to speed?

    I have thousands of hours in this game, but after a break of probably 4 years, I have forgotten... like... everything. I seem to remember that SE is better than CE and that binary research is superior and that it's generally a good idea to get riflemen before everyone else and then steamroll the world, but that's about it. Is there a guide somewhere that is still up to date? Not just beginner stuff, but also advanced stuff. For example, on what to build in which city, and so on. I gut the PDF guide here, but... I don't have that much faith in a document that treats BTS as optional or a 'recent update' somehow :D
     
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  5. Hesha

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    Thank you! That was a little too basic, though, I'm afraid. To be honest, I have no idea, how advanced I am as a play, what I want to know is what strategy to use on noble / prince / higher and if SE is still the best way to go and what to build where, etc. I seem to remember, for example, that building wonders of different types in your capital may produce the wrong GP, etc. stuff like that.
     
  6. lymond

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    The guide sampsa linked is still a work in process - a very recent undertaking by one of the best players here...and a fine lady. For more advanced stuff, I can't really think of a definitive guide for you. It's more a series of various articles in the articles subforum here. Check the articles subforum under this forum and look for the article tiles starting with "Civ Illustrated #..". I think there are four of them and cover diplomacy (AI coding), economy, city specialization, etc. These works are relatively recent.

    In a brief answer to your questions though, it has been long proven that the "hybrid" economy is the best approach. In other words both cottages and great folks are not mutually exclusive or neglected. A strong cottage bureau cap is generally always best.

    Another option is to watch some Let's Plays on YT. Guys like Lain and AbsoluteZero have put out a lot of vids mainly playing Deity. And while Deity, watching a bit will give you a good feel of things.

    Lastly, a highly recommended option is to play a shadow game here on this forum using normal settings (no huts/events). Folks here will be glad to help you out.
     
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    Thank you! I will do that. Let's Plays sound like fun, too. Just one question: What is a shadow game?
     
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    It's basically a game a player starts on the forum specifically for the purpose of learning. Post a game up with normal map/settings (and no huts/events) and play small turnsets. The early game is the most important aspect of Civ IV so you can pick up some really good pointers in that regard, even if you don't play the whole game as a shadow. Pangaea is recommended for simplicity and diplo. Get help from Turn 0 - start analysis and settling decision. Then get advice and discuss before each 5 to 10 turn turnset - although note that you don't need to hold to a specific number of turns. 5 to 10 turns is a guideline. Basically stop whenever you feel like it or have questions, but short turnsets work best.
     
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    Rather than Riflemen, fast moving units (horses, knights, cuirassiers, or Cavalry (unlocked by Rifling)) are generally the way to go.
    Oracle Civil Service if you can. Get something good from Liberalism.

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