Round 1 - "To Rush or Not to Rush" - 4000 BC to 3160 BC Round 2 - "A few problems to Ponder about" - 3160 BC to 2440 BC Round 3 - "The Fall of Moscow" - 2440 BC to 775 BC Round 4 - "Finishing off Cathy" - 775 BC to 250 AD Round 5 - "It's all about the economy" - 250 AD to 940 AD Round 6 - " The Zulu War" - 940 AD - 1250 AD Round 7 - "The 2nd Zulu War" - 1250 AD to 1585 AD Round 8 - "The Race to Space" - 1585 AD to 1911 AD So here we are finally ready to kick things off, Well I am pretty eager to get this off the ground so after only around 6 hours of keeping it open for the vote I have decided to get started on Game 1 of the HUI series. I am not a very skilled player, in fact I dont have too much experience playing Civ, so this is as much for my improvement as well as a learning platform for others, now we will be taking things slow to keep all the advice pouring in, as otherwise we maybe chalking up a heavy number of losses. Please follow the same protocol as the ALC series, in terms of shadowing etc. Everyone is invited to offer opinions and advice, and to make your own attempt at playing the same game. But if you do play a "shadow game", I kindly request that you refrain from posting spoilers--i.e. any facts or even hints about the map, opponents, and so on--before I'm there myself. I'm trying to play the game as authentically as possible. You can find links to other HUI games here at the HUI bullpen or just leave comments suggestions on what you would like to see in the next game. Without further a due, on to game 1 of the HUI series, well heres the game settings, nothing fancy just a regular continents map @ normal speed. Spoiler : Our leader of choice for the very first game, Spoiler : Pacal II of the great Maya empire, he is Financial & expansive which means . Well definitely extra commerce (gotta love financial) and extra health and 25% faster production of workers as well as double production speed of Granaries & Harbors. Now for the UU & UB of our great Civilization, Spoiler : The Holkan, a spearman that is immune to first strikes and does not require a resource, knowledge of BW & Hunting is enough to build these buggers . Now are they any good for a very early rush??? Please educate me, would be very interested to know. Spoiler : Wow, a Colosseum with 2 extra happy. I dont know about you but I am thinking Construction here I come cos with that extra health from expansive and the happiness from these babies we are talking some serious early growth potential. And finally the starting location, Spoiler : Hmmm Nice, Corn, Wheat & Cows. Well thats a lot of food. Whats the verdict? Do I settle in place or explore? I am thinking move the warrior 1 south west for a better look at terrain. I can also see some flood plains down there, you think we should settle 1S to claim the flood plains? We dont know what lies to the north . I guess I am inclined to settle 1S even though I am usually a settle in place kind of guy. In terms of tech path I am thinking Agriculture / AH / BW, any other thoughts on this? First build worker and then warrior, warrior, Settler, worker Thoughts please.