Hey everyone. It seems that I may be able to survive / win one of my AWDG games So why not blog about my Always War Demigod Adventures ?? Map: 60% water Pangea. Large map. Topology & barbs: Random Opponents: Max. Hand-selected to avoid getting every Native American. Note: My time to play is limited to weeknights after work and occasional weekends Note: Some pictures were hand made; I didn't take screenies of early game. Labeled NOT DRAWN TO SCALE ---------------------- Chapter 1 ---------------------- This start doesn't look good: No food bonus, and I'm not agricultural. But AWDG is always about gambling... so I decide to move and settle Linux to see what's up. Spoiler : Moving inland. I notice: - I have a cow in the BFC, but I can't work it immediately. - I have a river to irrigate, but it is far away. - I'm not on the coast, so I lose 3? commerce in the capitol. - I'm not near a river, so even less commerce. - Bronze working, which usually takes 30-35 turns at start, is now 46 !! When my settler is on the way to found a second city, I meet China So my second city GNU goes on a hill. I worry Chinese pillaging by the warriors / archers. Phew, no danger after all NOT DRAWN TO SCALE Spoiler : When China tires of attacking Linux, the fog reveals they now attack GNU. GNU is over the hills-through the woods-across a river... How did the Chinese get over there so fast ? NOT DRAWN TO SCALE Spoiler : I only have 2 cities. I need to gamble again. Bronze->Pottery ... Pottery finishes, so does Linux's granary. The Chinese are in the east near GNU, so I expand west to found Xorg. Guess what the Chinese target now?? That's right, my new city Xorg. This time, China sends !! swords !! NOT DRAWN TO SCALE Spoiler : I have a lot of archers which are doing well. But I've lost enough games to know that archers alone can't win AWDG. Pottery->Wheel I expand west again, settling IBM in the west on a hill. The chinese planted a city fairly close. It needs to disappear. Thankfully, GNU has been massing archers. NOT DRAWN TO SCALE I finish The Wheel, and for the first time in ANY of my AWDG games, I have a native strategic resource !! Wheel->Horseback Riding Lots more to come in a short bit.