270 AD shot Turn 3 280 Kills: xxxxxxx Losses: We are at risk in Palentine and Calakmul still if we pull a bad RNG. If we don’t take away the resources of France and Germany soon we are doomed. They are sending far too many knights do deal with. Too many to kill, and if they ever decide to attack our west, forget it. IBT We hold on for a turn but our lands are crawling with AI Turn 4 290 We are in deep trouble with Ai all over the place in our core. Kills:xxxxxxxxx Losses We relieve the Iroquois of their Dyes and probably break some trades. I hope our Pike in Grumpus holds against a horseman that will attack. I think we need more Pikes, so I set Grumpus Prime to 15spt for 2 turn pikes after the current knight build is complete. IBT 2 losses and 2 wins with 2 retreats. We did not lose a city. Whew! Turn 5 300 Grumpus gets to 18spt for 4 turn knights. Kills: xxxxxxx Where are my leaders!? There he IS! Army is going to search for the German and French Iron and Horses. 300 looking better IBT No attacks, but lots of Iroquois headed toward our eastern Front Turn 6 310 Kills: xxxxxxxxx Raze Allegheny Research turned down because we get guns this turn. We can rush some settlers to consolidate the western front. With a road network connecting cities on hills perhaps two armies can hold the Iroquois off for a while. Knight army sets off to pillage Germany and France killing two knights on the way. Ugh, we have 2 13spt cities. Need some mines on hills to get them to 14, but too much Ai activity in the area. We are #1 in population, Mfg. Goods, 2 in land and 3 in GNP. If we can manage to hold on a little longer and get rid of AI resources so we do not face cavalry maybe we can do this. I change my mind each turn. We can do this, we are toast, we can do this, we are toast.... We are very thin and a bad RNG or two and we are in trouble. I had to retreat settlers in the west because too many Iroquois showed up. IBT Win 3 on defense, no losses Guns – Chemistry (10 turns) Turn 7 320 Kills: xxxxxxxxx Losses: 0 The number of units is making it difficult to get much traction. Our only salt is waaaaaay over in the old Iroquois lands. It is not hooked up yet. Spot German Salt we will pillage next turn. One turn you feel good about this game, then next you are on pins and needles… Attack knight landed from a galley near Madrid, but it retreats. Not Good. IBT Knight near Madrid Kills out MI and is lose in Old Spain. That is the second knight dropped off near Madrid. I will send knights to recapture it if we lose it. Turn 8 330 Kill: xxxxxx Hook up the salt. That is where all the Iroquois are going. Lots of pikes to deal with. IBT French begin Bach. More Iroquois! Where did they all come from? Portugal is sending three Carracks toward Madrid. We have zero units to protect those cities. Turn 9 340 Kills:xxxxx (2nd leader) Not enough cities, we have 31 so we need 1 more (I’ll do that next turn, a settler is in place). Our most recent knight army is not even full yet. Pillaging army if is a nice kill zone. It pillages one tile and kills 3 French knights. IBT Well, I apologize but I lost a bunch of slaves to the Iroquois because of stupidity. I hate that and it was a rookie mistake reading where borders were while trying to evacuate them. Turn 10 Kills: xxxxxx Spot some German horses Kill 3 at Niagara Falls. We can take it next turn or wait one turn to heal the armies. Ignore new Iroquois towns and those in the jungle, raze the core. Notes: We did not lose many on the attack because of the trebs. Might not have lost any actually. We did lose some on the IBT to attacks. Big time trouble from the Iroquois at Ake. Maybe abandon the city to keep the army. It's a crap town, but we need that army! Check the armies before you attack. Two are not yet fully loaded. Might have to abandon Jaen. Need roads and mines near Yaks / Palenque if possible. Tikal needs irrigation. It’s strange to have stats like we do, 8 armies, and feel like we are 2 turns away from losing. More Pictures to follow.