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No-Cottage Gandhi (Immortal Espionage Economy)

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by OneLeggedRhino, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. shyuhe

    shyuhe Deity

    Nov 30, 2006
    Gone fishing for the summer
    Stacking spies becomes better once the AI starts building security bureaus in its cities. You need more spies to reliable take it out and succeed on your spy missions, so you end up needing to stack them. For the early-mid game though, it's better to send your spies solo as you've noted.

    Nice write-up.
  2. vranasm

    vranasm Deity

    Feb 2, 2002
    Czech Rep.
    your choice, I would probably shadow either way.
    Going standard, normal speed, tech trades on brings probably more shadows though. I think you will soon realize that this setting is completely other world then you're used to, but I am not afraid you won't make the transition.

    I think EE is stronger on marathon speed for couple of reasons too. for example the -50% discount comes after 5 turns on marathon and on normal...so imagine the timeline difference.
    In other words it means you need to stack more the spies on normal since you don't have enough turns to waste with 2nd/3rd spy out of position waiting until they can come in and wait for discount.

    I learned a lot with shadowing your game, I then started another game (with Hatty) with similar settings (well forgot to take barbs out...which then made me angry at myself due to barb galleys) and the game was really easy... I changed my usual strategy based on experience and totally stomped the map, started with WC's rush.

    Still not sure which has bigger effect on difficulty... the no tech trades or marathon speed.

    Awaiting next game so I have something interesting before me!
  3. Keilah

    Keilah King

    Aug 24, 2008
    I'd prefer to shadow a game on normal speed!

    Maybe we can compare 1-city-cottages + spies everywhere vs no cottages?

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