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Your First Games

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Strategy & Tips' started by Empiremaker, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Empiremaker

    Empiremaker Human Fish

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    What tales do you have about you first few games? My first couple of games I played without rivals. :mischief: :blush: On my third game, I played as the Zulu, and the last city I founded was Isandawhawana, or something like that. I attacked pikes with impi and wondered :confused: why they kept losing. :crazyeye:
     
  2. Pyrite

    Pyrite Chieftain

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    My first game I had 2 cities building wealth (that's all) when the english, french and babylonians found me.
    Everyone declared war (one city was actually undefended) and allied. It was cool though, i thought i might have won when my 2nd city actually culture flipped back to me, but alas, that didn't happen more then once and i was easily defeated. Oh well. My 2nd game i only had one enemy (babylonians) and i lost terribly to them. Then i played larger maps and with more people (huge earth map) and learned a lot more.
     
  3. biggamer132

    biggamer132 Chieftain

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    I didn't know how to connect horses to my cities. Go me (I'm not kidding).

    I had a pretty long learning curve for Civ, even with playing Civ2 before that. I'm still just deciding to move up to Regent.
     
  4. nullspace

    nullspace Chieftain

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    I don't remember much about my first game, but I remember being overwhelmed by enemy impis. They ran right by my spearmen in fortresses, (I was expecting ZOC like in civ 2) and my swordsmen couldn't kill them because the impis would always retreat.
     
  5. VladTepes

    VladTepes Clown Prince of Wallachia

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    In Civ3 it was playing as the Greeks and having the Americans start to kick my butt after they declared war.

    Lessons:

    Don't play vs. expansionist

    Balance improvement building with units, as long as there is enough surplus gc

    *build workers* to improve your infrastructure!

    and EXPAND. If you find that civs are going to block you in early, START ANOTHER GAME!
     
  6. brennan

    brennan Argumentative Brit

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    Hmm Civ1, Commodore Amiga, Circa 1992.

    'I don't need to read the manual, i'll just dive right in.'...

    Twenty minutes later I figured out that I could change what London was building (from militia)! Hmm time to start a new game and READ THE MANUAL!

    :blush:
     
  7. berserks01

    berserks01 Obviously Very Confused

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    My first game, I only have 1 city. Not because I wanted a challenge or anything, I just didn't know how to get another city up :blush: Seriously.
     
  8. onomastikon

    onomastikon Dual Wielding Banjos

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    My first game, I kept thinking "Oh, this will be a great thing to have!", and try to get tons of those, only until I researched a tech two techs later, and then I thought, "Oh, no, cancel that, THIS is a great thing to have!", etc. etc.
    I also couldnt figure out how to get past population 12 -- I thought it was a natural boundary until I stumbled across hospitals.
     
  9. REDY

    REDY Duty Caller

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    In my first game I build workers but I dont know how use them. So I was using them as explorers :)
     
  10. gmaharriet

    gmaharriet Ancient Crone

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    I played the Americans because that's what I am and it seemed logical...no other reason. I was attacked very early by the Zulu and it hurt my feelings that I'd be attacked when I hadn't done anything bad to them (no defenders at all in my towns). I was then absolutely shocked when Shaka proposed peace, because I hadn't managed to defend myself at all and expected them to wipe me out.

    I accidentally did something right in MMing my workers, because I didn't even know they could be automated. :lol:
     
  11. Maharajah

    Maharajah Chieftain

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    It's less than six months since I first laid my eyes on CivIII in a used books/CD store (yes, that's where I bought my first game) but it already feels like years. In the meantime, I have come close to separating from my fiancee because I stay up late nights (sometimes the whole night!) playing this $%*&& game! But I'm hooked - should have read the warning before installing it :(

    I didn't read the manual and dived straight into my first game as Indians on a large continent with seven other civs. America was the closest. I kept sending out my settlers unescorted and they continued to provide fodder to roaming barbs. Only after a couple of hours I realized I could send some warriors with them! I expanded like crazy and left some cities undefended. Those were the innocent times when I didn't know what "AI attitude" meant. In a few turns, America declared and captured three of my cities, I had nothing except regular warriors, and soon they were telling me it was my last city and maybe they should give it back to me :mad:
     
  12. Maharajah

    Maharajah Chieftain

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    Oh, and another thing. When negotiating with other civs, you know how the "Prepare for war" message is right above "I'm all done"? More than once, I clicked on the war message by mistake when I concluded my deal. You can guess the results!
     
  13. Evil Tyrant

    Evil Tyrant Eccentric Dictator

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    In my first game I played as the Greeks and tried to live in a city-state like the Greeks had done. Naturaly I fell behind in tech and gave up when all the other civs were in the Industrial age while I was still in the early middle ages.
     
  14. CommandoBob

    CommandoBob AbstractArt

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    I played a lot of Civ2 (not well, just a lot) so my first Civ3 was not too bad. I did not win, but was still around at 2050. My second game I was playing Rome, standard map, and while I could make Railroads I had no source of coal. It wasn't until I got Infantry that I realized I needed to trounce next-door Carthage, keeper of Coal. Infantry and Roads, because I did not want to disturb my neighbors! That changed quickly. I was in first place, I attacked Carthage, got coal, but Egypt got Modern Armor before I did and took first place. My third game, on a huge map, the sneaky Ottomans got a Diplomatic victory.

    Then I started visting this site and read about the Culture Rush victory. And zero tech research. And wonder addiction. Those all helped, having a strategy and a plan, things to avoid, etc, not just playing turn by turn. My current game (huge map, pangea) I have already won a culture victory, but have kept playing to better use my military units (combined arms) and specialists.

    My next game will be on a tiny map, random civ, random landmass, so I can do a lot of worker micro-managment. I still play at Chieftan, but I do so to get into the habit of playing good, which includes baby-sitting the workers and talking to everyone each turn. When I move up I do not expect to win the first few games, but I do plan to survive until the end.
     
  15. CommandoBob

    CommandoBob AbstractArt

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    Like Maharajah, I get fumble-fingered from time to time. More than once I have gone into a Revolution when I was trying to move a unit to another city and got key-happy.

    Pet Peeve:
    Why have a two key shortcut to Revolution (that happens once or twice a game) and a three key shortcut to move units from city to city (that could happen several times a turn)?
     
  16. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    First game with England, I like orange.
    I felt like a god when I had knights.
    I thought it would be impossible to destroy rifleman. I never got to Tanks.

    I learned to hate Catherine in my first game. :)

    I only made 3 cities.
     
  17. VladTepes

    VladTepes Clown Prince of Wallachia

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    My VERY first Civ game in '91 I couldn't figure out how to change production, so for the first few turns I sent Warriors out and explored. Gradually I realized that roads and mines = money, and settlers = roads and mines. I had about ten cities by the time I met Stalin, who was at nearly the same tech level as me.

    A whole lot of "so that's how that works!" :D
     
  18. josephstalin

    josephstalin Kremlin Highlander

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    My first game I played without rival which gave me a lot of help for futher games. Next game I was not so wandering around!
     
  19. MSTK

    MSTK Chieftain

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    My first game, I started with a supply of Gold on a mountain. I was moving my settler in circles around the Gold wondering why I couldn't pick it up...
     
  20. Bootstoots

    Bootstoots Warlord Super Moderator

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    When I first got Civ, I had played Age of Empires and the like for a while and thought Civ would be somewhat similar. When I saw the vicinity of my city on my first game, I noticed some cattle or game (can't remember which) and attempted to have my workers kill it. I didn't see a worker action for hunting, so I tried mining, irrigating, building roads, etc. with no success. I think I also tried to mine gold, thinking that was how to get it. Also, on glancing through the manual, I noticed that roads were needed to transport catapults and chariots on mountains, so I built a single road square on a mountain, not building roads anywhere else. I also tried capturing cities using mainly spearmen (without success) when I went on my first military campaigns, and thought I was a genius by trading away a city of mine in exchange for gold or contact with other civs (which was possible in the early days of civ3) and then taking it back.
     

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