EDGE#65 - Thru t57 Spoiler Quiche-Eating Surrender Monkeys Must Die : The challenges of this map described by others was very readily apparent. There's no freakin room. Oh, and I share my island with cannibals (Zulus). I settled on the Sugar as it looked like it would have more production tiles over time. I found out quickly that it was a 4 lux Capital, so at least that's useful. It's still going to be a bit slow at the beginning. I sent the Warrior South and found the goodie there (El Dorado). Since I was working the cows to get to Pop 2, I was able to buy the Setter quickly and marched straight to El Dorado and bought the tile. This city is very defensible, surrounded by CS, Mountains, and El D. It's going to need to be, because I unknowingly settled right in Hiawatha's face (sorry buddy, I didn't know you were there.) That early Culture boost got its borders expanding fast and I worked the Bananas once it grew there for 5 turns so I could get to Pop 2. Because of the early Culture, I opened Piety after Opening Tradition so I could get my shrines up in the Cap and City #2. I got a 30 Faith Pantheon and took One With Nature. I figured that'd give me my best chance at founding. 3 other Regions went very early, including one to my neighbor Hiawatha. I guess I'll use the Culture boost to get some Honor policies, which is rare for me. I only got 2 ruins - Spearman and Pop ruin to take my cap to Pop 3. Tech is all over the place but I should get a reasonably early NC. BO was Scout - 3 turns into a Settler while I waited for Pottery to finish - Shrine - Archer - Settler - Archer - Library - Archer - Granary starting work boat. I used up all of my chops early. I considered Mausoleum but it went early. Oracle is probably the only early Wonder I'll try for and I may not delay my NC for it, as I'm going to beeline crossbows to deal with Shaka so I'll be late to Universities. BO in City #2 was Shrine - Granary - Archer - Library BO in City #3 was Caravan - Library I thought about settling the River next to Lake Victoria, and still might depending on what's going on with Shaka. It's got plenty of production and won't need a Caravan to grow. France forward settled me and quickly grabbed my Marble. That simply won't stand. I DoW'd him with a Worker Steal and ended up stealing 4 from him (so far). I used one of them to bait his units out of the city, so now he's mostly defenseless. I was going build a Chariot or two to take that city before marching on Paris, when Shaka DoW'd France. With Shaka doing damage on his expo, I was easily able to move in and sack the city. It'll fall this turn and I'm razing it. No crappy cities allowed. The problem here is that Paris is already taking damage and my only capture unit is going to need to heal for a couple of turns. Maybe I can get my archers there in time to block any melee units he has. Or maybe built a scout in the 2nd expo? I don't know, but if Shaka takes Paris, it'll ruin my chances of getting a strong infrastructure game and I'm going for Total War. If I can get promoted X-bows before Shaka's inevitable Impi rush, I should be able to handle him......hoping for Defender of the Faith. This is not going to be pretty. T67 Update Spoiler Down goes Paris : After Shaka helps me take down Paris, I am very unhappy and will be for another 8-9 turns. Paris didn't keep its library and even though the AI is building a library, the pace of 21 more turns would have delayed my NC, so I'll have to leave it as a puppet for now. Shaka then offered me a DoF and I hastily accept. This caused me to totally pivot my strategy into playing a Tall game. I'm going to try to time a settler on the Lake Victoria spot and hopefully friendly Shaka doesn't mind too much. I've only got one coastal, so seafaring conquest is probably out. I need to see how strong Hiawatha is and see if I can time when I want him warring with Shaka. I imagine he's not too happy with my war mongering. Maybe I'll dogpile him with Shaka and see if I can get a cheap 3rd cap. Shaka does the work, and I get the rewards......sounds like a good strategy to me. I don't normally play this aggressively, but these EDGE maps seem to dictate some space clearing, at the minimum. I'm enjoying new challenges. I should have plenty of happiness, especially if I get a decent religion. 3 are gone and I haven't been checking what's been taken as I haven't really developed my religious strategy yet. My Prophet should spawn soon and my El Dorado aided Culture start is pretty good, even with the upcoming delayed Monument in Paris. Oracle is still out there and I may build it first (before NC) now that I don't have to beeline to X-bows.