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Old Debate, New Circumstances: What do you build first?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by thelibra, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Thrasybulus

    Thrasybulus Chieftain

    Jul 20, 2007
    Why are you researching Horseback Riding? As Darius I don't research it until after I have guilds.
  2. thelibra

    thelibra Future World Dictator

    Jan 2, 2007
    Somewhere, TX
    Answered earlier in the thread, but the short version is that that was a mistake on my part. I'd assumed that Alexander was going to put up a tougher fight and figured I needed the extra promo to get the job done.

    A wiser choice would have been some other vital tech.
  3. Soneji

    Soneji Prince and Great Steward

    Jul 12, 2006
    Dùn Èideann
    I always build either scout or warrior first, letting the city population grow to size two.. this is becuase I normally like to play spiritual and try and gain the first religion.

    After that, worker then settler.
  4. MarkM

    MarkM Cow Herder

    Jan 15, 2007
    America's Dairyland
    It's hard to give a definitive answer, although I fall in with the camp that usually builds a worker first, except if I have fish in radius and/or I have two really sweet squares to work even without improvement, then I might go boat or warrior or possibly scout. However I think I can disagree with above post about 1) building a monument in capital as one of first builds, I can't imagine any circumstances where that would be a wise choice for me as one of my first builds. You don't need culture bonus immediately because you have a palace, and you shouldn't need any happiness bonus for a while, and 2) not building a worker til that late, and until you already have two cities! I understand the motivation to tech fast, but even if that is your priority you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don't have a worker to at least cottage spam.

    Also if you really are so focused on growing ASAP, it actually makes makes more sense to build a worker & then chop (and/or whip) the settler, instead of building the settler without chopping. Try it once.

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