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When do you stop planting GPTI and switch to bulbing?

Discussion in 'Strategy Section' started by Kim Dong Un, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. Kim Dong Un

    Kim Dong Un The One & Unly Supporter

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    Using standard speed for this discussion, around what point of the game (on average) do you abandon trying to squeeze out another %boost on future bulbs, for just bathing in instant yields and benefiting immediately?

    Obviously policy choice will influence some of the decision making, but I was just curious to hear some other opinions. Maybe some of the Deity players or "math-heads" in the community know something I don't, and have their own little sweet-spot for when they begin to switch things up.
     
  2. CppMaster

    CppMaster Emperor

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    Depends on a Great Person, but usually it's modern era
     
  3. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    This doesn't have any math rigor behind it but here is my general notes:

    1) GS: I plant about 4-5 academies. At that point new academies only increase the effective science output of bulb by ~6.5-7%, and the academy output won't ever pay off a bulb in standard speed.

    2) Great Merchant: 1 town, than I go into WLTKD. The only thing that really affects this is how easily I am able to WLTKD, if my cities are already raking this in, than I may go with another town, but most of the time to the bulb shop.

    3) Artists: Once a bulb can instantly send me into a GA I'll bulb it, otherwise I keep getting works until it does.

    4) Writers: I think late industrial early modern...once bulbs can get me 7-8 ish turns of culture.

    5) Diplomats: I embassy every one I can until the world is filled up, then I'll use them on weak CS to flip them or more likely, just secure a good strong friendship that will last a while.

    6) Musician: If I'm playing CV, I work all of them until either after Telecommunication or Internet, then I bulb them to push for the victory. Otherwise I work all of them unless I am really hurting for happy.

    7) Engineers: This is the one that I personally need the most work with, I never feel like I focused on them as much as I need to.
     
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  4. CrazyG

    CrazyG Deity

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    I usually stop planting around the time of ideologies.

    Except engineers, if a good wonder is there grab it.
     
  5. Kim Dong Un

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    All good points.

    As another factor to consider, I've sometimes found myself hesitant to faith buy any writers/artists if I'm in the midst of churning out archeologists and securing artifacts, since the value of those bulbs can be boosted nicely by filling out several more slots. How impactful this is, I don't know; I haven't crunched the numbers or anything, but that feature is there for a reason so I might as well utilize it to some extent.
     
  6. CrazyG

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    For faith purchasing great writers, try waiting until the world's fair is in play. You need the silver level bonus for 20% culture for 20 turns. You want a golden age as well (which you could save a great artist for). Buy a great writer after 5, 10, and 15 turns if you can.

    Sometimes I'll even change all of my cities to produce arts too. It's possible to get like 6 social policies within 15 turns from this play.
     
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  7. CppMaster

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    That's crazy! Nice strategy that I keep forgetting to do.
     
  8. Gidoza

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    I think the whole bulbing question would be more interesting in general if some of the bonuses were inverted. For example:

    Engineer - Can build Academy or speed Production.

    Scientist - Can build Manufactury or bulb science.

    I could imagine myself building more GP late game with this kind of system because one contributes to the other. It would also motivate more GE use as tiles rather than wonders because of the late game effect.
     
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  9. Cokolwiek

    Cokolwiek Prince

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    You got crazy ideas you know? I think some of them may be even crazier than mine.

    However I rethought staying pantheons and I now agree with you. But not because of realism, Like I said I don't think it's realistic, but because of balance and more justice to non-founders.
     
  10. Gidoza

    Gidoza Emperor

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    Thanks...I think?

    I'm happy to admit that not all of my ideas are good. But I do think them through and I'm confident they can have potency. I don't care how they sound and am happy to spit them forth. :)
     
  11. Cokolwiek

    Cokolwiek Prince

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    I think it would be brutally exploitable. Early and midgame you would work only engineers to get wonders and plant academies, while switching to now dirt cheap scientists to bulb them at late stages.
     
  12. Gidoza

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    See this is a useful feedback!
     

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