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What is the best tech grab you ever got with the Oracle?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by Odin2006, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Odin2006

    Odin2006 Apolytonian

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    In a Rhye's and Fall game as India a while back I Oracle'd Theology when I was still in the Bronze Age! :D
     
  2. plastiqe

    plastiqe Grinch

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    Civil Service on Emperor with one of those Awesome Starts Collection wet corn 4 gems capitals.
     
  3. TheMulattoMaker

    TheMulattoMaker Dictator of RF

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    I was going for MC recently but teched past it and Oracle'd Machinery. But that was an Earth18 game as China, so it totally doesn't count.

    2nd-millenium-BC chokonus were pretty cool, though... :mwaha:
     
  4. lymond

    lymond Rise Up! (Phoenix Style!) Hall of Fame Staff

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  5. Imp. Knoedel

    Imp. Knoedel Properly Paranoid Proletarian

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    Future Tech.
     
  6. drewisfat

    drewisfat Prince

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    Future Tech
     
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    Imp. Knoedel Properly Paranoid Proletarian

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    Hey you stole mine!
     
  8. elmurcis

    elmurcis Emperor

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    Hunting :D
     
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    Imp. Knoedel Properly Paranoid Proletarian

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    Mysticism :crazyeye:
     
  10. Seraiel

    Seraiel Deity

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    Civil Service 1900 BC Deity.

    Tactic is / was to use an awesome start and beeline CoL, while building an early Library to bulb Maths with the 1st GS.

    Usually though, it's better to beeline Alpha and look if any AI even researched Priesthood yet, because oracling at 1400 BC instead of 1900 BC with the help of a wasted GS, means the difference between having some really important addional cities + an Academy instead of just a Capital and with Buro.
     
  11. drewisfat

    drewisfat Prince

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    Argh now I look like a derp. I'm going to go play a settler game real quick, try to nab future tech 2.
     
  12. Iranon

    Iranon Deity Whipping Boy

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    Civil Service, on Immortal... don't think I've attempted something more ambitious than Metal Casting on Deity.
     
  13. VSarius

    VSarius Warlord

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    Theology on Deity for super-Apostolic Cheese.
     
  14. J@ckRB

    J@ckRB Chieftain

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    Only Civil Service once on Prince. I'm sure on Prince I could really push for Civil Service every time, but usually, I forgo that for extra cities (you can get a few cities and Oracle decently enough).
     
  15. MilesBeyond

    MilesBeyond Prince

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    I remember in the pre-BTS days, where you could go around Oracling CS willy-nilly.


    To be honest, I don't often build the Oracle. Usually it's gone unless I beeline Priesthood, and beelining Priesthood is, uh, less than optimal in most cases.
     
  16. sydhe

    sydhe King of Kongs

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    Machinery. Quite a few times, since Great Merchants can bulb Metal Casting.
     
  17. paulcarri

    paulcarri Prince

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    Machinary for me too..was chuffed at the time, not so chuffed now :)

    pity the hammers required made an x-bow rush impractical
     
  18. noto2

    noto2 Emperor

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    how would great merchants help you bulb MC?? It's not like you're getting CoL for caste on top of doing all of this, are you?

    I have oracled machinery a couple of times, but only with high commerce starts. I usually use the oracle to get MC or monarchy, occasionally I'll grab aesthetics with it if I'm planning on wonderspamming
     
  19. Mr Jib

    Mr Jib Chieftain

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    I hardly ever go for the Oracle either. What's the general strategy for getting it?

    Whenever I have tried for it I find I've had to avoid other more useful techs first to go mysticism and priesthood, what do you miss out? You still need mining and bronze working presumably.

    Also you miss out on extra cities/workers do get it meaning hampered early expansion.
     
  20. elmurcis

    elmurcis Emperor

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    With great start (good food/hammer/commerce combination + 3H marble center tile) I have finished GLighthouse around 2350 BC.. and this gave GMerchant pretty fast and I was able to bulb MC, than oracle Machinery.. Still - that was IMM diff with awesome start and Mara speed.. So on normal it looks almost immposible.. except if start with PHI or IND or.. get Sailing+Bronze from huts :D
     

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