Hi everyone, long time no see. I got sucked into the world of path of exile for the past few months, and am just re-emerging now. While waiting for the next AdvCiv update, I figured I'd give winning an emperor game while on the main continent on another go. As always, standard size, speed, all random civs, all win cons, random events on, goody huts on, bigs & smalls. We roll as Ramses on a decent corner of the world. Two good food sources, three hills, a river and the coast - can't complain: 1. Start by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:07 PM We settle in position and the hut gives us a map showing the oceans to the northeast, and fairly rich islands of gold and silver. A future goal: 2. Future Islands by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:07 PM We choose to open with animal husbandry, as it will be much faster to open worker and pigs and mines than fishing boat, and also gives us the option of fast war chariots. Alternatively, Ramses is industrious, well suited to building the Great Lighthouse, and this is a pretty good capital for that. So that's the our default plan. Our warrior sets off southwest. On turn 3, our warrior meets an Ottoman scout. That's close. On turn 7, our warrior finds Carthage. Already obvious that we're going to be cramped: 3. Close Neighbours by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:08 PM Animal husbandry finishes and we discover nearby horse: 4. Horse by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:08 PM The capital builds worker, warrior, settler. The worker improves the pigs and a hill. By then, Carthage and the Ottomans had gobbled up the gems area, cornering us. Ramses is just a scrawny architect, but if you back a man into a corner, you leave him with no choice. So the worker then starts roading towards the horse, we settle Memphis south of the horse, and start building the pasture right away. After this, Ramses forgot to take screenshots for a long time as the red mist descended. A few fleeting memories of the carnage: * Thebes and Memphis built barracks and then war chariots non stop for the next ~3000 years. The sole worker improved mines and roads, and we made no pretense of infrastructure or cultural development * both Instanbul and Carthage had copper, so Ramses had to move fast before the straw cage around him turned bronze * the first 4 chariots were enough to capture Instanbul, which was defended by an axe and an archer, losing 1 chariot. Somehow they had created a great scientist before this, and so Istanbul came with an academy * the Ottomans only had one other city, which had no hope against the ~5 chariots we had at that point. It auto-razed and Ramses scored his debut career win at 1480BC * we found the Zulu on the other side of Instanbul, the Celts on the other side of Carthage, then Rome and the Khmer further back. This was a cramped map! * once the chariots healed up, we then took Carthage with ~6, losing 2. It was defended by two archers and a spear, so we got pretty lucky there * we lost 2 chariots on ~80% attacks on Carthaginian archers in the jungle, which set us back a bit and evened out the luck, but the endless onslaught of war chariots destroyed his empire at 850BC. We kept the three well-placed cities and burned the rest. 2-0 Ramses * we ended the war with about 8 chariots left over, and at that point they had their hands more than full putting down rebellions and fogbusting. * The Zulus looked weak (0.9 of our military), but we did not seem to be in any shape to push on. Our economy was in shambles - running a deficit of about 4 gpt even at 0% science. Wouldn't have been that much point in razing his empire, only to let barbs and the Celts take the land. * We invest the ~400 gold we had left over from pillaging into researching mathematics, and switch production to workers to start cottaging our lands, and started hitting the books * Instanbul runs two priests for a while (got some uses out of the obelisk!) and we settle the great priest there, which was the first step towards economic recovery. A while later Thebes pops a great scientist, which we also settle * Rome started a war with the Khmer. We sided with Caesar, cancelling trade relations with the Khmer. Rome took a city straight away but then eventually lost it and they peaced. Rome started liking me from here, and was the only one who would trade techs with me. * Hinduism (founded by the Celts) started spreading everywhere, so we found our spiritual side and converted. At 25AD, the unrest had mostly resolved, and our empire looked like this: 5. 25AD by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:09 PM The tech situation was not as bad as you might expect: 6. Tech by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:09 PM And the rest of the world: 7. Rest Of World by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:09 PM You will see from those shots that Ramses had mostly retired from the ring at that point, planning to live off the riches of his fighting career and purchasing those tropical islands in due course. We had found our spiritual side, and our neighbour Shaka seemed not too threatening. We fill out our libraries and granaries, build some boats to explore, and start building barracks so we can stay in shape. We should have known that there wasn't enough space for everyone in this little cage. At 225AD, Brennus knocked on our door, and it wasn't a social call: 8. Brennus by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:22 PM We were not well prepared. Thankfully, he didn't have metal, our veteran war chariots were fast and could respond from all corners of the empire, and together with a couple of hastily upgraded spears, they made short work of Brennus' delegation. A turn after Brennus attacks, he bribed the Zulus into jumping me too. The Zulus don't make an immediate move, and Brennus came with another, smaller stack with a similar composition. It met a similar fate. Shaka then shows up to Istanbul with a stack of ~8 catapults, axes and archers. It met a similar fate. It is now 425AD, and Ramses the retired cage fighter is Not Happy. Here he was, trying to enjoy retirement and grow himself intellectually and spiritually, but these clowns had to come defecate all over his yard. They shall pay. They shall pay in blood. Our non-garrison army stands at 8 chariots (4 of which are combat III or better) and two axes. Our cities almost all have library/barracks/granary, and are pumping out more troops at good speed. The only question is - who dies first? 9 Option by Lanstro posted Nov 2, 2020 at 11:23 PM If you want to play along, the 4000BC save is attached.