Distance to Palace costs.Those are very arbitrary and self imposed settings, as pointed out to you a dozen times already. Perm alliances is a joke, right? Add marathon for extra giggles and call it "most difficult settings which permit victory".
But so does a relatively skilled human player. There shouldn't be much issue to quickly explode from 8 cities to 30 cities on marathon.
Basically this. Common wonders that you may try to get, and fail, are the oracle, parth, gl, If it happens it happens.Self imposed. Don't put any towards a wonder you are not intending to finish. I think it's allowed to make a run for say GLib and lose it.
Maintenance plateaus off around 20 cities, past that basically every city will be profitable
You can out tech them also by building cottages. Just watch me, a mediocre deity player do that. Watch that Lain game. I don't understand what you don't understand. You are massively overvaluing fail gold.You can out tech deity ai's in NTT if this is allowed on HUge Marathon.
I can't find the link in this thread, can you please post it? Sorry if I'm just being dense, but I went so far as to search all your recent posts.
Hours of your life will vanish on these settings. One pic of yours all the AI have red fists by their names. You do get some insane stacks but if the AI are busy destroying eachother you can likely ignore their stacks. As you suggest getting peace becomes a lot harder. Once you are up to 30-40 cities when should get easier.I agree, it's kinda fun, but such a slog. I'll try to play on anyway...
What I hadn't thought about is how NTT alters AI vs AI wars (and no vassals to some extent, and slower speed to some extent). They can't buy peace so the stronger side just keeps on rolling. I don't (yet) believe this is a massive problem for the human player though. Yes you need to deal with AI stacks of 200 units or so later, but they can be dealt with.
@Fippy do you really think the middle of the map is so bad? "Lakes" wraps horizontally so you will always have neighbors east and west. If you're near the north or south edge that's a lot of useless land with lots of useless barbs.I think handpicked starts are 90% or so
What Sampsa plays (middle of the map start, first roll accepted etc)..not so much, and he deserves credit for that.