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Progress Left Side First

Discussion in 'Strategy Section' started by Stalker0, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    So generally I have wholeheartedly embraced going the right side of Progress first. In generally the extra worker, food, gold, and science I find give you a better jump start than the prod and culture bonuses on the left.

    That said, there are exceptions for everything, and I wanted to highlight one here.

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    So ultimately there are two factors that made me go left side in this particular game.

    1) Limited Land Resources: This is a common scenario with certain sea resource focused starts. As you can see, most of my early tiles are going to be sea focused, with a push towards work boats over workers. The land around me doesn't have much need for worker improvement in the very early game. So I would rather have the prod bonus for faster work boats and to balance out this more food heavy start.

    2) "Donated" Workers from Korea: This was less common but put me over the top in my decision making. Korea decided that having 2 workers (it took progress 2 for the free worker) by its capital with a warrior off a few tiles drinking with barbs was a good idea. So in 1 turn I bagged 2 workers and a farm pillage for my trouble.


    Now honestly I probably would have gone left side on number 1 alone, but with the two donated workers from Korea it sealed the deal.
     
  2. crdvis16

    crdvis16 Emperor

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    I think the biggest problem is the slow science. The +3 science per connected city often doubles your science output. Delaying that really hurts even in a situation where the free early worker is largely useless.
     
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  3. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    It true, and in this example having gotten used to right side progress, I was shocked by how slow my tech progress was. That said ultimately the infrastructure on the left and early production helped to stabalize me and I did alright, but it does effect your wonder expectations....a shift towards more medieval wonders over classical.
     
  4. phantomaxl1207

    phantomaxl1207 King

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    Having the left side does let you get policies faster. More overall, I think I would rather have the Science and the Food. It gets your satellite Cities off to a much better start. Of course that assumes that I have more of land start than you have shown here. So left side would make sense for a more water based start.
     
  5. CrazyG

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    I like the right side first on water starts, or sometimes in jungle when the +1 movement is relevant. You need to be ready for the low science though.
     
  6. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    Did you mean left side?
     
  7. CrazyG

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    Yes I did :crazyeye:. Typically I take left on water or sometimes jungle, but right otherwise.
     
  8. azum4roll

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    That's one beautiful starting spot. I wonder how you'll handle the naval invasions though. And whether you'll chop down those trees for Polders.
     

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