A Good Start I started a new game of Colonization and got a really good start first up. The immigration queue had a seasoned scout, a veteran soldier and a tobacconist. I was playing as the Dutch with Peter Stuyvesant as my leader on an XL map (60x96 tiles) at Revolutionary. The sea-lanes indicated a nearby coast and I reached the Aztec village of Tlacopan on my first turn. Next turn I sailed into the village and met the chief who gave me 316 gold. They would train tobacco planters and wanted to buy guns. Excellent. I continued up the coast and unloaded my soldier at the end of the turn. In 1494 he founded New Amsterdam. The colony had plenty of river tiles including a food bonus, a forest for timber and underlying grasslands for tobacco; and there was a French caravel in view. An early war could be on the cards. Texcoco gave my colonist experience and I sold my starting 50 guns to Tlacopan for 1029 gold before returning to Europe just as the tobacconist appeared from the immigration queue. I hurried the scout and bought 100 horses and there was still enough left over for a cannon. The French settled Quebec north of Texcoco; and then the English sailed past! They settled just south of my capital and this had me questioning the map size, but when I checked the settings it was a huge map all right. I guess this must be a large island with a lot of water to the main continent. I would soon find out because I was in the fortunate position of being able to send out three scouts (one a seasoned scout and one with two promotions already) on turn 11. My scouts racked up considerable coinage from the Aztec villages plus a couple of burial grounds visited by the seasoned scout, and one scout met the Spanish further down the south coast on turn 18. That meant I had encountered all three Europeans within the first 20 turns, most unusual on a map of this size, and with my capital hemmed in on both sides by Quebec and Jamestown I was going to find it difficult to expand. It was time to start a war. I had bought horses for the veteran soldier from the immigration queue and had enough cash to buy one more cannon so I attacked the French from the sea at Quebec. Boy were they pissed off. My two cannons both fought soldiers at 90% and won. I collected 29 gold and razed the colony. My dragoon went ashore and captured the French hardy pioneer next turn. Meanwhile two of my scouts found treasure in Cherokee villages. One was 784 gold but my seasoned scout came up with a massive 2356 gold. Let's hope that can get home safely. Yet another French soldier landed and threatened my newly captured hardy pioneer but fortunately my dragoon was still in range and attacked at 78%, only just winning with health down to 15/100. My merchantman picked up some furs from Texcoco on the way back to New Amsterdam where the first of my cigars were ready. I had already accepted Pedro Cabral and now it was a balancing act to get enough trade and political points for Peter Minuit before either Spain or the English beat me to him. At least France was now out of that race.