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Civilization V: England vs The World AAR

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#21 Sunflash

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 08:19 PM

College, check!
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Very delicious science boost, check!
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(That's +21 from a +9. Gotta love it.)

Horses! Check!
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And now the real fun begins...
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Optics! Why is this the key? Because Optics unlock land unit's Embark ability. Put simply, there are no longer any 'transport ships'(ONLY ZUUL). Instead, each and every land unit(once you hit Opticss) can put themselves on a boat and sail around.
Of course, Optics only allows Coast-tile seafaring(like with your other early boats), but this allows you to explore more than just coastline; which also means the map explotat--exploration shall begin in earnest!
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Sure enough, within a turn or so we meet our first city-state!
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Pretty sure I covered City-states fairly well eariler in the thread, but a recap:
City-states are one-city Civs with a reputation bar. You can increase this rep bar in various ways to reach Friend or Ally status(each Civ has it's own rep bar with each City-State, so while there can only be one Ally, there can be several Friends).
Friend status will give you a bonus based on that City's trait(in this case, Maritime gives your capital a food-bonus). Ally gives you, well an Ally. It also allows you to reap the nearby tile bonuses(in this case, 4 more horses and an Incense).

Each City also has it's own Personality trait, which influences what kind of rep-boosting requests they may ask of you(take-over a nearby City, produce a Great Person, Kill Barbarians, etc). In this case, Irrational means they'll pretty much be completely random.

The only other way to increase their rep-bar is by giving gifts of gold. By the by, did I mention that the Rep-bars will slowly go down every turn? Fortunally, there are various Culture-techs that allow you to vastly slow down the rate of decay(one Civ, Greece I think, is built for City-State abuse. Can practically stop the decay.)



SO! Nearby City-state eh? Let's go check it ou---oh dear.
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Embarked troops have a LoS of exactly one tile, so there's often times when you land on an otherwise peacful shore to find an ugly welcoming committe. In this case, there's a Barbarian encampment(spawns Barbs) waiting for us. Glad I'm not that exploration party!


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Masonry! The art of carefully placing one brick atop the other in a glob of mud and other various stuff. Will come in handy, although it is HELLA weird only getting this now, I usually go for the pyramids ASAP(+worker construction speed, very handy for large empires).


Another turn, and more info is visiable about the Barbs:
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Oh dear. The encampment seems to be in a forest. As anyone defending in a forest or hill square gets a 25% bonus to their strength, that means attacking them at this point is a very stupid idea. I think we'll go look over to the west, k?

Well hello!
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Yet another Maritime City-State, this time with a Hostile personality(being Venice, I suppose they're still angry at Indy's comments about them...).

Not going to be too worried about spending cash on these guys just yet, going to try to save the gold for buying up a few Settlers soon to expand.
...Then again, I might have some spare gold lying around now:
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EL DORADO! Woo! Best thing about being the first to find this? A quick 500 Gold! ;)
Settlers ARE awfully expensive though, so I'll probably sit on this for awhile and weigh my options carefully...

Another City-State:
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Almaty is a Military City-State, which means a Friend is occasinoally gifted near-tech miltary units(Allys get them faster). Not bad, but low-priorty just yet. Gotta find someone to beat up before we worry about it.



SPEAK OF THE DEVIL.
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Yes, hello Monte! ..um, did you say 'Gape' or 'Ape' there? I mean, that's a fairly impressive gorilla impre----
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....Shuttin up.

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Well, doesn't look too terriably big just yet, even though that's not his captial. Will have to map him out, I think. He's the closest neighbor so far(And second-overall on the score, even if it is still all rather close), so he's high on the threat-list just yet.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 08:27 PM

A few turns later:
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Yaaay defensive military units! I'll go into detail on Archers and other ranged units once I get one!


With that done, we're going to shut SV up(<3) and go knock out the Wheel:
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Wheel, Mathamatics(for the Machu Pichu wonder[+trade route income, useful once we get bigger]), then go unlock Philosphy to get a few city-buildings ready.


Hrm. Monte may be a bit of an issue soon. Wonder how big his 'island' is...
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Well that's worrisome enough. Not enough to hit a panic button, but enough to stop being lazy and start planning out miltary units...


In other news, some punk fisherman discovered that Whaling isn't as easy as fishing:
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In related news, prices of harpoons jumped 30% today...


Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'~
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Oh dear, what's this?
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Venice is being assaulted by Barbarians! D:
Well, it'll be a nice way to get some excerise perhaps!


NEXT UPDATE:
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:11 PM

The Mysterious Cities of Gold!! ;)

With everything you're finding, Sunny, I'm thinking all you're lacking now is the Great Condor. ;)
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And did I not see Gems?! Or is it the fever, my preciooussssss? ;)

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:02 PM

This AAR is making it sorely tempting to try Civ V you know, good work Sunflash!

And here's me not having played any Civ since the original ;)
May your terror missions always be infested with Chrysalids.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:05 AM

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I feel a great disturbance in the Force...as if a million Jedis all groaned at once.

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The Mysterious Cities of Gold!!

Is it just me, or is this series like the secret cult we all know about, but don't talk about?

Until now.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:07 AM

View PostThorondor, on 15th February 2011, 3:11pm, said:

The Mysterious Cities of Gold!! ;)

With everything you're finding, Sunny, I'm thinking all you're lacking now is the Great Condor. ;)

I 'unno about you, but I'm holding out for a set of Lions...

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Pete said:

This AAR is making it sorely tempting to try Civ V you know, good work Sunflash!

Pah, I'm just bumbling along. Thanks though. :(

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I feel a great disturbance in the Force...as if a million Jedis all groaned at once.

VICTORY!

I'll be playing over the weekend, and will be aiming to have the next update faster than the huge wait like this time. ;)

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:11 AM

Ace, get on with it.  Don't let Montezuma and his massive empire intimidate you.

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