I’m back for more Earth 18 trouble! I dusted off BTS and came back here looking at the articles and realized the Civ 4 section still seems pretty active! I see a few things have changed. So there is a supporter badge? I might look into it this week! I have moved recently - and have been putting off details like internet at home, which would be nice for things like uploading pictures and game files - and updating the computer. I have started and stopped a few Earth 18 games with Egypt, because I’m kind of terrible about perfectionism. Here is the game I started today: Settings: Earth 18 Scenario Hatshepsut of Egypt Emperor (not really, of course) Epic Raging Hordes of Barbarians Aggressive AI, whatever that means Choose religion Spoiler : Sorry about the language. I'm studying Spanish right now, and I thought a game of Civ would be a great way to increase my exposure - even if it is just written language. Egypt is very powerful on this map, in my opinion. She starts with Agriculture and the Wheel and is one tech away from Animal Husbandry and the unique War Chariot, which has 5 strength instead of 4 and is immune to first strikes, so is really suited for an early rush. Egypt starts with horses, but no metal. This should work until the Barbarians start showing up with Spears and I don’t know what turn that is. This still leaves two options for play. One is to rush Saladin and Cyrus and steal Persia’s iron. We can even stop short of taking Persepolis and Mecca and still get the copper north of Babylon. We can also expand down the Nile and there is copper in central Africa, if we arrange to take Southern Africa before Saladin. I favor the war monger strategy, but will leave my options open. A couple of years ago, I posted a game exactly like this, where I did exactly that, but did not finish. Before I forget, Hatty is also creative. This helps with border pops and cheaper libraries. She is also spiritual, and I will try to leverage that by changing civics often. Maybe I will find a use for the unique building, the obelisk. It allows two priests. I have not discussed religion so far in this post. I try to reserve discussions about religion in the off-topic forum. Maybe the option of two extra priests will come in handy a couple hundred turns in, but time will tell. Random events are on, for better or for worse. I read the Attacko article on random events. There are some that could speed up my game a little. There are some that can slow it down or de-rail it entirely. From Turn 20 to Turn 70, my expectation is half an event per Civilization I have encountered. So I will get to see what is active. The big question is if the Vedic Aryans show up, because there is not much defense if they show up too early, like Turn 20. If they do, then you know, because suddenly a Civilization gets destroyed. They are available really early, because they require one religious nutjob to research polytheism and a normal Civilization to research archery. The only defense I have heard against Vedic Aryans showing up on Turn 20 is to build two Warriors fast and hope for the best. We will play the “Build Worker First” gambit. Assuming they are active (20%) and assuming 0.2% chance per turn, this will be successful about 92% of the time, which is they do not show up by Turn 60. Based on similar assumptions, I get approximately 75% probability they show up somewhere by then. After that, the next big random event danger is the Philistines. I think they show up after we see a third religion, and we see neighbors adopt slavery. By then, we should be big enough to survive and prevail. I might discuss later what I have learned about the random events - and the gambits I am trying to play. I don’t have a picture of the start, or a 4000 BC save. I might later. I am assuming everybody is familiar with the Earth 18 map. So in the start, the Warrior on the desert hill at two east, one south (2,-1) from the settler at the normal starting location of Thebes. There is marble, stone, and incense visible. The warriors can also see the clams that will belong to Saladin. Spoiler : (Hence, my units have been given Spanish names.) I have so far played 40 turns into this game, but will discuss starting location next. I read on Hollywood’s thread that Thebes is the best production site in the game, but I have decided to sacrifice that in favor of a short term strategy. EDIT: Added photos and translations. Added initial save.