Brett's Games


One Unit to Rule Them All!

I wonder how one goes about finding which phrases are used incorrectly the most often for comedic effect.

As in, 'All your cities are belong to us.'

Beyond The Sword

Game Save File

In Game Notes
Rather than repeating my pre-game strategy and analysis, I will refer you to my notes.

Log File
A tediously boring computer generated play-by-play that I cannot see as being of any interest to anybody unless you have developed some tool for parsing such things and want to recreate my game for research purposes or the like.

The Starting Situation

It is a seaside start with two fish, crab, corn, and pigs, with cows available for a second nearby city, with six hills nearby, it seems like a solid starting location to me, of course, land locked with a continuation of tiles and cows in lieu of fish would have been ideal... if extremely unlikey, the game seems to be more generous with seafood
Seafood is not my favourite. But at five food, I'll take it.

Qin Shi Huang of China

Five Players
So, Four Opponents

Map: Tetonics
Size: Small
Era: Ancient
Speed: Marathon
Landmass: 30% Water
Aridity: Normal

No Technology Brokering
Permanent Alliances
No Tribal Villages
No Random Events

All Victories

Beyond the Sword 3.19
BUG Mod 4.5 [Build 2221]
BULL 1.4 [Build 243]
BAT Mod 4.1

Private Rules
1: I can reroll the map as many times as I want.

2: No restarts or mulligans for any reason... except if I accidentally hit the end turn button, when I mean to found a City.

For all other pre-game planning, I will refer you, once again, to 016-cho-ko-nuts-notes.txt. I trust one will stop reading at the appropriate place if one wishes to preserve the mystery.

Suffice to say, after Holy Cow (a Huge Rainforest Map), I was sick and tired of micro-managing my empire and wanted to try my hand at a much smaller kingdom.

Strategies & Spoilers

So don't read beyond this point, if you don't want to know.



there were two irons in sight, one nearby, close in to another of my cities and a barbarian city, the only thing that it would get me was a single iron, and at the end of the game, it is stagnat at size three, cranking out a Cho-Ko-Nut in eight turns
Iron Nearby
this shot is a long twenty tiles away from my core, but offers a much better building site, at the end of the game it had size four and growing, but would top out at six or so, as it is, it will pump out a Cho-Ko-Nut every five turns
Iron Far Away

My special unit this game was the Cho-Ko-Nut (actual spelling, Cho-Ko-Nu). It requires Machinery. So, I researched that. And then (and only then) I discovered that I, also, needed a source of Iron in order to construct (my much beloved) Cho-Ko-Nuts. So, I researched Iron Working and took note of the map.

I had two viable options for Iron. One close in (above left), already crowded by other cities. And another twenty tiles away (above right), which seemed like a much better city location.

I opted to take the close in location, settling Iron c'Ore, which by the end of the game had a top end City Size of three and could build a Cho-Ko-Nut every eight turns. Had I allowed Iron c'Ore to work the Wheat (I did not), I would have had a top end population of (around) six and be able to pump out a Cho-Ko-Nut every five turns (these numbers coming from an End of Game Golden Age), as this is what the Barbarian founded city of Kassite (also known as the Far Away Iron Source) was capable of with its Wheat and Iron.

Anyhow, at the time (40AD), it seemed like a choice between settling a crappy city for Iron now or settling a much better site for Iron down the way. Well, since I would have encountered (and eventually did encounter) Barbarians at the second site farther away, building close in was the way to go.

I doubt I will think about this much in future games. The only real choice I had (and thus, the choice I took) was to take my lumps and found a crappy city in order to secure Iron.

Of course, what I should have done (and will do next game when I play the Romans) is beeline Iron Working and settle my second or third city to gain access to Iron, while at the same time, researching Machinery so I can build Cho-Ko-Nuts... that Machinery part not applying to the Romans, as their special unit is the dreaded Praetorian.

And yeah, I just checked again, the Praetorians only require Iron. And having access to an early unit of such power (some say, over-powered) is the major reason why I will be playing Augustus Caesar, next game.

And during that next game (since I will be playing a similar map, using the same Map Script), I anticipate delaying the settlement of my second (or third) city until I know where the Iron is.

And from there, it shall be Praetorian Rush-Rush, Baby!

Now vs Then 
GNP vs Power

Chinas research dwarfs the comeptitors, being double to triple each of its competitors
China has a power equal to sixty percent of Montezuma, the power graph leader
750AD Power

At 750AD, the Chinese Empire dominates in Commerce (left graph, China in red-purple). And with No Tech Brokering (and only a handful of opponents), this means China will be able to out-tech its competitors. Thus, to win, all China has to do is stay alive... which might not be all that easy as it is tied for last on the Power Graph (to the right).

China has a research equal to three to four times  its competitors
1400AD GNP
this is the point at which the game believes the Chinese power overtakes Montezuma, the computer is wrong
1400AD Power

At 1400AD, the computer finally concedes that China's Power (right graph) has overtaken that of the Aztecs. And thus, by dominating both Commerce and Power, China has the game in the bag.

Conceptually, the reason I included these graph sets is to highlight my overall game strategy: early weakness for late game advantage. I very much depend upon the AI's resistance (and/or unwillingness) to go on the offensive.

On the Aztec front, Montezuma is being destroyed, his cities captured, and I have workers bringing up the rear, making sure roadways are there for future troop movements and reinforcements
Workers at the Front

Of course, the Power Graphs are not all that indicative of Power. The above screenshot is taken (more or less) when my (China's) Power first exceeds Montezuma's. But his capitol has just fallen, so the situation is far from equal. China is way ahead.

Also note, I have a nice stack of workers (six workers, total) building roadways and working on infrastructure, fairly close to the fighting. The roads aid the war effort, allowing faster troop movement. But it's also an indication of how far ahead I am. I really don't care if I lose a stack of workers, anymore. The game is over. And from here on out, it will be clean-up: convincing the computer that I have won.

Map Oddities

Not overly far from my lands is a Barbarian Settled Peninsula, and a large Island with one Barbarian City shown, and another fifteen tiles away, which should give some indication of the size of the island, this second city was never captured by any civilization
Barbarian Lands

Montezuma eliminated Isabella from the game, early on. So, the remaining four Civilizations all had plenty of land; so much so, Barbarians played a major role in this game... or if not major, they were there until the end. Thus, I have some observations about this particular map (and/or these generalized map settings) and how I imagine tripling the number of opponents (while playing on a similar map) will effect my next game. The following are not map specific, so I'll organize them in a separate listing.
Finally, and most importantly (is this the most important thing) by playing on a smaller map, the game did not crash a single time. That was nice. Usually, towards the end, when there are hundreds upon hundreds of units, the game crashes every five turns or so. And I wind up saving the game a dozen times per turn (as a protective measure, after I complete this task or that). And not having to bother with any of that was a delight.

Conquest Victory
Score: 3,392
Normalized Score 90,347

And that's enough of a debriefing. It's time to play a game.

The Romans: World Domination Through the Use of Pointy Sticks!