Which unit Kicks off your first big war?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by DarkSchneider, Feb 23, 2006.

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Which Unit is the first one you'll go on a major offensive with?

  1. Warrior

    9 vote(s)
    2.9%
  2. Archer

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  3. Axeman

    108 vote(s)
    34.5%
  4. Swordsman

    72 vote(s)
    23.0%
  5. Catapult

    30 vote(s)
    9.6%
  6. Maceman

    16 vote(s)
    5.1%
  7. Knight

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  8. Muskateer

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Rifleman

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  10. Cavalry

    18 vote(s)
    5.8%
  11. Infantry

    2 vote(s)
    0.6%
  12. Tank

    5 vote(s)
    1.6%
  13. Modern Armor

    4 vote(s)
    1.3%
  14. My Civ's UU

    26 vote(s)
    8.3%
  15. I never warmonger

    6 vote(s)
    1.9%
  1. DarkSchneider

    DarkSchneider King

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    In a lot of games, I do a little bit of warring throughout, but I don't get really serious until I have researched up to Riflemen. At what point do you usually go on the offensive?
     
  2. Drofd

    Drofd Chieftain

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    well pretty obviously the praetorian is a pretty good lead unit
     
  3. Wreck

    Wreck Prince

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    Quechua if I am Incas. I have not played Cyrus or Hatty, but those UUs look decent for it too. Usually axemen, sometimes riflemen.
     
  4. b-dubb

    b-dubb Chieftain

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    axemen are the first unit i think you can effectivly go on the offensive with, they're just so much fun! *chop chop*
     
  5. jlindy

    jlindy Death From Below

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    I generally try to hold off until I can do the combined arms thing, so my answer is all of the above... well exept for not warmongering.
     
  6. Aelfred

    Aelfred Chieftain

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    I play a defensive game and usually only take the offensive after repelling an attack. I focus on being 1 unit upgrade over the AI. When I'm English, Redcoats are nice.
     
  7. naf4ever

    naf4ever Dread Lord

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    the warrior is HANDS DOWN the best unit to kick off a war with. I tend to fortify them on a forest square right next to the enemies capital soon after the game begins. This causes them mental angst especially if they are a human player. It also slows them down greatly as they become paranoid to let a settler or worker out of their base without having it heavily escorted...
     
  8. S.ilver

    S.ilver Emperor

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    Axemen are an excellent unit to kick off an attack with, although Catapults are almost a necessity to reduce casualties if the enemy has archer defenses.

    I don't really like Swordsmen, as Axes counter them extremely effectively, and their city raider bonus doesn't really make up for it, considering I can promote Axemen to city raider.

    Failing an early assault (due to distance or whatever), I WILL roll out with a maceman force, because there should be plentiful catapults by then.
     
  9. Periander

    Periander Chieftain

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    Chop rush a bunch of axemen to carve out a neighbour and a few free cities. However my 'take over the world' unit is Redcoats.
     
  10. Archbob

    Archbob Ancient CFC Guardian

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    If I'm Russian, the Cossack, if not infantry. Actually I kick off my war with the destroyer.
     
  11. SuperBeaverInc.

    SuperBeaverInc. Groucho

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    Usually with Axemen, but it can depend on my situation.
     
  12. ToV

    ToV Warlord

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    I usually wait until I have Catapults before I go on a rampage. There's usually enough barbarians to keep me busy until then (and beyond), anyway.
     
  13. AngryPants

    AngryPants Warlord

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    Those UUs are more than decent.
     
  14. A+ombomb

    A+ombomb Actuary

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    So where is the horsearcher/chariot? Also, it depends on if its single player or multiplayer. In multiplayer, horsearchers are one of the best early offensive units for their annoyance factor, then switch up to axe/catapult for the kill.
     
  15. Archbob

    Archbob Ancient CFC Guardian

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    Do you guys play on smaller sized maps. I play mainly on huge Archipelago maps and you need a good navy to start any war.
     
  16. spidermel

    spidermel Chieftain

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    O to be Catherine the Great. The Cossack kicks *. I find myself usually fighting against bows and arrows with guns. Never bring a sword or arrow to a gun fight!
     
  17. Kietharr

    Kietharr Prince

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    Cho-Ko-Nu usually, but if I need a war earlier i'll use axemen and horse archers.
     
  18. Zombie69

    Zombie69 Emperor

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    Toss up between axeman and warrior, but i chose warrior.
     
  19. petertr2000

    petertr2000 Chieftain

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    Usually play Russia - and wait until Cossacks if I can.
     
  20. Mordraken

    Mordraken Chieftain

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    Axemen, since it's a very early unit to get, and at that time the AI usually doesn't have anything more than one or maybe two archers defending their cities. This is the unit I use on my first major war, but they don't last any longer than that. I wouldn't go from one war into another (or crush one civ and move onto the next) without getting Catapaults in between.

    I have found that an early attack is quite profitable from an empire-size perspective... (eventually)
     

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