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Do you Always take Rationalism?

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by Marshall Thomas, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. phillipwyllie

    phillipwyllie Wannabe Deity

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    Always, it's the policy opener I beeline after I complete Liberty.
     
  2. Beaver79

    Beaver79 Warlord

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    Yes and you should finish it too. Being able to use faith to buy great scientists for the closer makes getting the whole thing worth it. I usually am able to buy 3-4. That helps with any victory condition.
     
  3. Walter R

    Walter R Great Engineer

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    Yes. Always.
     
  4. DarthSheldonPhD

    DarthSheldonPhD Warlord

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    I stand corrected: overlooked that militarism was 2 happy/XP building. Still, you have to agree that a higher percentage of your cities would make workshops/monuments/public schools than barracks/castles, but the point was total happiness available, and I stand corrected.
     
  5. Barghaest

    Barghaest King

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    I agree with you there, I tend to have workshops/monuments/schools in every city while I restrict barracks (after heroic epic - prior I'll build in all but sell unused when it's complete) to my top production cities (usually a third or less of my total city count); however, when I unlock that tenet, my economy is usually strong enough to treat barracks as merely another happiness building and put them in every city.
     
  6. Rombizio

    Rombizio Chieftain

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    Yes. Always. And I always finish it to get the free tech. Science is the key to any other victory. Tech lead is critical.:king:
     
  7. Ninakoru

    Ninakoru A deity on Emperor

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    Rationalism was nerfed, but still you get more than 50% extra sience output plus other science-related bonuses with Rationalism alone. Science is a core resource, needed for every victory condition, and affect every aspect of the game. Now add up the huge boost: rationalism is the best option.
     
  8. Bagi

    Bagi Warlord

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    I play on emperor/immortal and I usually just take the opener at most, secularism if going freedom. Sometimes ignore it altogether.

    I'm not a fan of playing every single game the same way just for the sake of having a tech lead by industrial. I can deal being a few techs behind the top AI, if anything it often makes for more interesting games.
     
  9. Emperor Giulio

    Emperor Giulio King

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    I think rationalism is also well suited for conquerors that have a lot of puppets with trade posts. I forget which policy it is, but one of them gives you 1+ science for each TP.
     
  10. danieladler

    danieladler Warlord

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    Rationalism can easily be skipped at Emperor level, and you still win science victory or any other victory. One of the two trade policy trees are often more attractive for me. But i am one of those who are stuck between "emperor is too easy" and "deity is just boring and corrupt".
     

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