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How much do you write down?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by nekom, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. SenhorDaGuerra

    SenhorDaGuerra Prince

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    take notes? are you insane? Do you guys all suffer from OCD?

    seriously, i couldnt think of anything more boring and tedious!!!
     
  2. Jerrymander

    Jerrymander Epistemologist

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    I finished a domination epic huge map in 8 hours, in one sitting. :3

    Keyboard shortcuts and static leaderheads \o/
     
  3. Lord Chambers

    Lord Chambers King

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    what.

    Next game, press F1, F4 or F5. Click around a bit.

    Are you a goldfish?
     
  4. EweezE

    EweezE Dog Soldier

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    All those notes sound like a form of OCD. Half that stuff gets tracked by the game anyhow. Whatever's clever though :goodjob:



    Alt-S is the perfect tool for marking city sites before the REX.
     
  5. CivCorpse

    CivCorpse Supreme Overlord of All

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    I make small notes on post-its. the usually say Eat Food. Take shower. Visit outside
     
  6. carl corey

    carl corey Deity

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    Yeah, I get by with F1, F4, sometimes F5. I also use signs to mark which city has which national wonders, shrines, academies, military academies, military instructors or other settled GPs. So you'll probably see signs like "HE, WP, 2MIs" = "Heroic Epic, West Point, 2 Military Instructors" near a city. I will sometimes mark the most urgent tile improvements, especially when at the beginning of a round when I take a tour through all my cities, or when I expect a change of civics to, say, State Property. Very rarely I'll mark what each city is for (commerce, scientists, production, etc), as it is pretty obvious from a very quick glance. I also tend to plan wars by drawing lines from the earth view, to see in which order I should capture cities, and how many stacks do I have to use (usually one or two, rarely more, maybe some small stacks for key point defenses).

    But no paper notes.
     
  7. Gwynnja

    Gwynnja Deity

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    So... you need notes to tell you what city is doing what? Here's an easy way to tell: if it's surrounded by cottages, it should be building multiplier buildings. If it's surrounded by mines it should be building units.
     
  8. KingMorgan

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    I don't make notes, but i do find myself shouting and swearing at the AI.
     
  9. UncleJJ

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    Sometimes I'll write down the economic data on the F2 screen before making a civic switch so I can keep track of how the various parts of the economy are functioning. I do have a spreadsheet on my laptop that lets me calculate a few things like economic multipliers when I'm in a perfectionist mood and trying to understand how the game works, but mostly I just play along and enjoy the action ... it is just a game afterall ;)
     
  10. oyzar

    oyzar Have quit civ/forums

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    I don't use other notes than what alt + s gives..
     
  11. Peachrocks

    Peachrocks Too Fast For Blazing

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    Nope, never... generally I have three types of cities, productive, economic or a mix of both and its easy for me to tell just by what is surronding it what is which and why. Generally speaking most cities are one of the first two and later on I get into hybrids. One or two cities are also likely to be a GP farm as well as probably being productive.
     
  12. jason77024

    jason77024 Warlord

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    "Snacks are good in moderation." :)
     
  13. Silverdawn

    Silverdawn Prince

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    And if that isn't enough, the latest version of the BUG mod has a much improved F1 screen with about 15 tables you can flip through. These include ones with columns of all the buildings in a given category with indicators of whether they are absent, built or being built in a given city.

    Much more handy and up-to-date than a piece of paper or a spreadsheet on a laptop.
     
  14. spacez52

    spacez52 Chieftain

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    I use Alt-S (well Opt-S on my Mac) but it didn't know that you could draw lines. Are you being metaphorical or literal? If you can actually draw lines using Alt-S please explain!!

    Back on topic, I don't write down notes during the game but I do have rules (RPC style) for most of my games setup before hand. These and the in game menus (+ Alt-S) are enough for me. I won't however knock those that play with notes. Good for you! I wish I could slow down that much.
     
  15. carl corey

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    Earth view is the one where you zoom out enough to see the globe (actually, enough not to see the normal interface). One of the options there is to actually draw lines.
     
  16. SirLamphead

    SirLamphead Prince

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    I don't take notes either.
    However it it helps with your gameplay all the power to you nekom.
     
  17. sylvanllewelyn

    sylvanllewelyn Perma-newb

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    I use notes all the time.
    - I need notes during a late-game war, to know what units the stack in the front needs replaced.
    - I need to figure out what improvements need to be constructed, because I tend to build farms to grow population first, and then replace farms with cottages, so I could hit population cap faster
     
  18. BalbanesBeoulve

    BalbanesBeoulve Emperor

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    Never. All the info you need is easy enough to access inside the game.
     
  19. vorlon_mi

    vorlon_mi Just One More Turn

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    I make a table with info about each city. Very brief, though. A column for my production cities, a column for the science cities, and a column for the fishing villages/hammer-poor cities. I usually take a slow sweep thru all my cities when I load the game, to re-familiarize myself with what they're building, and what my plans had been when I last played.

    Yes, all this information is available on the F1 screen. However, a glance down at a pad of paper takes less time ( < 0.5 sec) than it takes for the F1 screen to load. Just saves *my* time during a turn. Was Kagoshima supposed to be a science city, or a unit builder? Helps me keep my cities specialized, and not build all the buildings in all the cities.
     
  20. Lugh

    Lugh Prince

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    Exactly. If you're a note-taker or a spreadsheet user, give BUG a whirl. Particularly useful in the F1 screen is that you can add/delete columns to customize what you see. It's really excellent.

    The only other notes I make are to name my cities to make them easier to find on the map, or clarify their purpose.
     

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