Kanbei wrote:Kanbei wrote:Started playing Civ 4 again because of this thread. Always play on easier difficulties because I'm a sucker. Doing a 24 civ world map as Mother Russia. Expanded my empire as far east as I could before turning round and am now attacking Western Europe so I can have a gate way to the Americas. The Romans and Germans have already felt my wrath! Next up is the French and then the Celts.
Declared war on France but they got the Chinese involved, made the Celts my vassals and set all my forces east. Managed to get a few of their cities but I wasn't properly prepared for an eastern invasion, luckily they capitulated quickly and now the Chinese are mine
It's great fun isn't it
I'm currently doing more reading about Civ than playing Civ.
I think some of my errors have already become apparent to me.
For starters, I usually started as a random civ. And then recently with random civs & leaders but not tied to one another. But it seems that these have a huge bearing on what kind of game you should play, and how easy / difficult certain approaches will be.
Also I set my workers to automate but I never considered their improvements would be mostly useless and on tiles I'm not using. I should be micromanaging my cities rather than just letting them do their thing.
I don't know the tech tree well so I've been going for the shortest or recommended techs each time.
And I usually just settle where I spawn and try and rush through the early game as there doesn't seem to be much about it. Now I see I am wrong.
I'm trying to learn more. Looking at it bit by bit to build up a knowledge. Just started a game as Spain. (Definitely not going to cheat!) I think I've founded in a good spot. Settled on turn 2, on a hill tile, near a mountain, the coast and some good resources. I think the map spawned me in a corner so I've done OK considering it might have been a bad spot. Got Buddhism thanks to starting with Mysticism (I think that's right) so I've adopted that and will try and push it to get me some diplomacy & hopefully money down the line.
Been researching the civ & leader combos and it seems that for the type of game I usually play (not overly aggressive, military for defence not attack, expand by culture and diplomacy, win victories on culture, time or diplomacy) perhaps the best starting combo would be Pericles and Holy Roman Empire. Going to try that next. Then perhaps experiment with Peter & China which should also be a good combo for me.