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Intentionally slowing down the tech pace

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Strategy & Tips' started by Xethorsiph, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Xethorsiph

    Xethorsiph Chieftain

    Sep 1, 2007
    N.J. U.S.A.
    I like playing as the ottomans, in particular because of the Sipahi. It's one of the most powerful UU's, and in most every game I play I gain my winning advantage by having a cavalry rush, and so having a suped up cavalry is perfect.

    As a result, I've developed a strategy that extends the amount of time that the Siphai is the premier unit, and I'm wondering if anyone else has tried it.

    Essentially, you are turning yourself into a bank. You go to each civ in the world and offer a massive amount of gold and figure out how much GPT they have at their disposal. You then find out how little gold they are willing to get for all of their gpt. If your rep is good, you almost always make a profit.

    With all of their GPT gone, the enemy civs will either stay static and not gain any money (Infact, they will likely LOSE money over time) or they will readjust their science, freeing up more GPT. If you continuosly apply this method, the global tech pace is slowed to a snail's pace, and the Sipahi is top dog for decades. You also make a slight net gain in gold.

    What'cha think?
  2. Spoonwood

    Spoonwood Grand Philosopher

    Apr 30, 2008
    Interesting idea. But, that doesn't leave much cash for cash-rushing armies.
  3. timerover51

    timerover51 Deity

    Jul 10, 2006
    Chicago area in Illinois
    If you are into editing, you can also change the research times in the editor, and make them as long as you can to slow down the rate of tech advancement.
  4. Theov

    Theov Deity

    Feb 11, 2008
    or delete all the units that come after the Sipahi.
  5. splunge the 2nd

    splunge the 2nd King

    Mar 17, 2007
    The trouble comes when you war on the AI who still is paying you GPT and cancels on you.
    I've heard players try to mess up the tech pace for the AI by milatary alliances. Get the AI to fight each other on a distant continent, possibly switching to a non-war weariness government will mess up their research spending while you easily fend off their single attackers they land on your shores.
  6. TheOverseer714

    TheOverseer714 Overseer

    Feb 12, 2007
    I guess there are more ways to getting the tech slower than I realized. If you play things correctly, beelining to MT should give you at least 50 turns of Sipahi dominance before Rifles arrive. To extend that, attack enemies by how advanced they are, killing off the most advanced and wealthy tribes first. Also, foment wars between your primary rivals, nothing slows research like infighting. I use a strategy in some games where I stop research and just send in the Cavalry until I reach Domination. Usually I do that on a Pangaea, as invading overseas requires better boats than Galleys.

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