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Research Path After Writing

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by Gwaja, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Gwaja

    Gwaja King

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    After Writing, you come to an interesting decision point on where to direct your research path. In most general games, if you wanted to beeline towards a tech, which route would you prefer?

    1. Aesthetics --> Literature route
    2. Mathematics/Alphabet --> Currency --> Code of Laws route

    I think the Meditation --> Code of Laws route is most likely tried if you go for the Oracle, but otherwise, the Currency route is probably the more common, isn't it? Or would you try to trade for techs in the Meditation line and then beeline to Code of Laws?

    Also, for your 1st Great Scientist, would you consider bulbing Aesthetics? It's possible if you somehow obtain Mathematics via trade with AI and not have Sailing yet. Getting Sailing directs your Great Scientist to Compass, which is probably not very popular for bulbing.
     
  2. Zx Zero Zx

    Zx Zero Zx Deity

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    I usually go for Currency due to the simple fact of if I don't get it early my economy is dead and I can't proceed any further.
     
  3. coanda

    coanda Emperor

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    If my game is going well, Alphabet -> Currency. If my game is off to a tough start, probably Aesthetics -> Literature.

    Oh - and if I have marble, odds are good I go Aesthetics -> Literature.
     
  4. Noogai

    Noogai Still Just a Settler

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    Usually when rushing I go for currency, but if I'm starting peacefully I go for aesthetics and literature to get wonders and trade techs.
    I haven't really tried tech path with iron working, medal casting and religious stuff. Does it work?
     
  5. Zx Zero Zx

    Zx Zero Zx Deity

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    Nope, because then you have nothing to trade. The AI loves to tech all that business on it's own.
     
  6. Higher Game

    Higher Game National Socialist

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    Metal casting is good for oracle-bait. Industrious and gem/gold/silver resources all make it look nicer. Financial of all things also makes it really good, because coastal tiles become very sweet if you follow up with colossus. It's tailor made for Incas. :mischief:

    Aesthetics is best unless you're in a horrible diplomatic/isolation start. If you are, get alphabet to build research to get currency to build wealth to get optics ASAP. That's how you roll. :cool:
     
  7. TCMIV

    TCMIV Barış Manço

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    I think it really depends on the difficulty.

    Playing on emperor and below I can usually tech quickly enough that I'd rather go math->currency than wait around with aesthetics/literature and try to trade for math/alpha.

    The AI on immortal/deity(from what I've seen) techs fast enough that you can tech with trading in mind.
     
  8. Riflin'Joe

    Riflin'Joe Prince

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    I've been finding myself not getting to construction early enough lately, so I think maths is where I'd like to focus. With enough libraries and scientists early, you can keep the economy afloat before currency/COL.
     
  9. shyuhe

    shyuhe Deity

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    Immortal and below, I'll go alphabet or currency. For deity, probably aesthetics.
     
  10. A_Hamster

    A_Hamster Small Furry Animal

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    Ditto.
     
  11. TheMeInTeam

    TheMeInTeam Top Logic

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    Once you trade for IW, compass is surprisingly good too.
     
  12. GKey

    GKey Emperor

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    ^^ This. Compass or Drama is a good choice if you are backward. AI not going for these early, so you get good trade bait.

    Generally if you tech much faster then AI and still want tech trades Alpha is better. If you have same tech rate as AI I'd go Aesthetics.
     
  13. TheDanish

    TheDanish Prince

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    Currency if I'm strapped for cash, Aesthetics if I need tradebait, Calendar if I've got a lot of resources lying around that need unlocking.
     

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