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specialization of cities?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Rhye's and Fall of Civilization' started by Saltydog, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Saltydog

    Saltydog Chieftain

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    Hi everyone. I have trouble figuring out what to do with my cities. Especially in places such as Europe where the best city locations are often quite similar (high food, little land/production). In regular civ city specialization helps not only my performance but also decisions on what to build. Do you guys specialize? How do you decide what city builds what?

    Thanks much in advance!
     
  2. eris23

    eris23 Warlord

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    if it got lots of food i usually turn it into a great people farm or a science/wealth centre. either only food and get as many specialists as possible or turning all adjacent tiles into cottages. i usually use (with germany) danzig for great people (try to get leaning tower there), reval for trade (stock exchange, corporation hq) and arhus for science (channel tunnel, academy).

    the usual i guess...
     
  3. Cethegus

    Cethegus King

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    You wouldn't believe what an incredible center of science and commerce Paris will be if you're running Bureaucracy and have built Villages and Towns all over the nearby lands. I have to agree most of my science in my 15th century France came straight from Paris, but I didn't let it bother me - it made me the scientific leader of all of Europe so I guess a little lost pride counts for none in this case.

    I don't usually specialize my cities in RFC, though. They often end up hybrids between few other forms of city specialization, slightly leaned towards one side or another. Not to mention, the means for city specialization often come in late game when I'm already done with the game...
     
  4. blizzrd

    blizzrd Micromanager

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    Specialization in RFC is a lot less important than it is in regular BTS. I generally only try to specialize where I place wonders, grouping national wonders that obviously combine well together for instance in the same city.

    Trading Company + Stock Exchange for instance.
     
  5. 3Miro

    3Miro Deity

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    In the great food cities, go for:
    Forge, Library, Market
    Those let you build 5 specialists and you can really pump your economy.
     
  6. Saltydog

    Saltydog Chieftain

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    Awesome. Thanks guys, but what about production cities? I guess you have to use a hybrid or sacrifive what would be a good commerce/gp city?
     
  7. AnotherPacifist

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    There's no shortage of good production cities (Moscow, Kiev, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, Denver, Chicago, Guiyang/Hanoi, Aksum) but just be sure you grow your city to use all those mines. E.g. for any mine you build near Denver, make sure you have a plains farm or electric watermill on grassland.
     
  8. 3Miro

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    My formula for production cities is: Build just enough farms so that you can work all the tiles around the city and then everything else goes to mines and workshops.
     
  9. Panopticon

    Panopticon Utilitarian

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    Yeah, what those posters said about production cities is right. Also remember that depending on your style of play, you probably won't need as many production cities in RFC as in vanilla. E.g., if you're going for a UHV win, you won't need constant production in all cities if you plan correctly.
     
  10. Saltydog

    Saltydog Chieftain

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    I'm convinced. I think I'll approach Rhye's with a new confidence. Thanks everyone!
     
  11. Panopticon

    Panopticon Utilitarian

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    If you give an example of a civ, and maybe a strategy, we can advise you as to what steps you should take! Some of it is self-evident though, e.g. build farms on wheat :D
     

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