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Trading Reputation
By microbe at 2005-06-25 00:00

If you often wonder why AI would "almost" sell you a tech for 500g but would "never" do so if you add 1gpt, you should read on. In my opinion, this is one of the most important game mechanisms that you have to know to play this game at the higher levels.

Note, this article describes what I think the game mechanism is from my experience in playing various games and incomplete testing. There are certain things that I haven't specifically tested but believed thus it is possible that some of them are completely or partially wrong. Feel free to correct me if you find any mistakes.

What is trading reputation?

First let's define "gpt deal". As far as trading reputation is concerned, "gpt deal" isn't an accurate name as you could risk trashing your reputation even if you are not paying gold-per-turn. A more accurate name is "rep-risky deal". A deal is rep-risky if any of the following is true:


The Koreans
By Keirador at 2005-06-25 00:00
An ancient Korean proverb describes Korea as a "shrimp among whales", referring to the three great powers of China, Japan, and Russia that surround the small peninsula. Despite its small status, Korea has historically been able to use cunning diplomacy and shrewd defensive wars to retain its independence. A player who chooses Korea will have to show similar slyness in order to prosper.


Sinking Chances of Seafaring and Non-Seafaring Civilizations
By Ginger_Ale at 2005-06-25 00:00

I have conducted a study on the chances for ships (my test used curraghs) to sink in water (my test used only ocean, though I am pretty sure the chances are the same for sea). I used 50 curraghs (unless otherwise noted) for a non-Seafaring civilization (Rome) and 50 curraghs (unless otherwise noted) for a Seafaring civilization (England). Below is the raw data and a couple of graphs. If you have any questions, feel free to post in this thread. My conclusion is at the bottom of the thread.

All tests done with Conquests, v1.22.

Notes: % that survived a second turn in water is a % of the ones that survived the first turn. For example, if I lose 10 of my 50 curraghs, I have 40. 80% survived the first turn. If I lose 10 more curraghs the second turn, I lost 10 of my remaining 40, so that's 75%.

Data

Plain Survivability


The Japanese
By Keirador at 2005-06-25 00:00
The people who settled the Japanese islands built a rich and proud culture. When knights were sallying forth from castles in Medieval Europe, the Japanese were experiencing their own feudal age, but it could hardly be called a Dark Age. Arts, literature, and national pride flourished during this period. A centuries-long policy of proud isolationism only came to an end when Portuguese sailors landed on the islands, showing the Japanese how far they lagged behind the Western powers. Japan immediately abandoned isolationism and seized upon Western technologies and empire building. This culminated in the creation of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Japanese empire during World War II. After a crushing defeat, Japan abandoned militarism and founded a new empire based on economics. Today, despite having only nominal military forces, Japan is one of the most powerful nations in the world, and an industry leader in all forms of technology.


The English
By Zardnaar at 2005-06-25 00:00
It was said the sun never set on the English empire. How could an such a small island kingdom rule most of the world? From Maori tribes to the Zulu and the American War of Independence no other country has influenced the modern world as much as England. Its imperial legacy lingers in many countries in the form of their language, law, and political system. While a detailed history lesson is beyond the scope of this review my theory is the English had a secret weapon- the English channel. Also the industrial revolution began in England. War canoes are no match for Frigates and Ironclads.


Managing the World: The Machiavellian Doctrine
By dexters at 2005-06-25 00:00

Chapter I: Introduction

This is a style of play that I think some historically and politically minded players may find more rewarding than purely playing for points or winning the game as early as possible. The strategy should be applicable to all difficulty levels.

The Man

Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy at a time when the country was in political upheaval. He became an important diplomat and an ardent supporter of the Florentine republic at during a brief interruption in the rule of the Medici’s in Florence.

When the Medici’s regained their power however, Machiavelli was removed from his post. Eager to ingratiate himself with the new princes who ruled Florence, he broke from his strong support of republicanism and wrote “The Prince”, a work that describes in plain pragmatism how a prince should acquire and maintain power.


The Portuguese
By Keirador at 2005-06-25 00:00
A small but influential nation on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal emerged as a nation independent of Spain in the 12th century AD. Portugal led the drive for colonization and discovery in Europe, and the sprawling nation of Brazil is a legacy of Portuguese ambition. Though during the height of Spanish power Portugal came once again under Spanish dominion, Portugal regained its independence late in the 17th century. Today, Portugal continues to be a prosperous nation, active in the European economy and world affairs.


Cost of the Palace for C3C
By Theoden at 2005-06-25 00:00
One of the things that I’ve always wondered is how the game determines what the palace will cost. So I decided to make some tests to get it cleared out. After extensive testing I came up with the following results. The test was made with C3C 1.22:

* The number of cities in your empire determines the cost of the palace
* The Optimal City Number also has an effect
* The palace can never cost less than 300 shields and never more than 1000 shields

During the tests I also found a lot of things that I concluded to have no effect on the palace cost. All of these are verified to have no effect. If you have any ideas not listed here that could have an effect please point it out:

* Difficulty level
* The size of the map
* The distance to the capital from the different cities
* The sizes of the cities in your empire
* The government you are currently in
* The amount of time that has passed or the current technological level


The French
By Keirador at 2005-06-25 00:00
Though many associate France with ancient Gaul due to geography, the modern nation of France has its roots in the early middle ages, when the Germanic tribe called Franks moved across the Rhine. The French, as the people came to be called, settled, converted to Christianity, and eventually flowered into a nation with a decorated military tradition, a rich culture, a vibrant economy, and a profound impact on history.

France is easily one of the most underestimated civilizations in the game. This is due partly to the abysmally poor AI handling of the nation, and partly to the strange aversion many Americans and Englishmen have toward the French. But don't shortchange France just because of this, or because its pink. With a trait combination of Industrious and Commercial, France has the potential to be the greatest productive powerhouse of the game. Rarely does one see traits so perfectly geared toward a booming economy and highly competitive industry base.


City Placement
By Ginger_Ale at 2005-04-17 00:00

Disclaimer: This was created for Conquests.

City placement is one of the most important aspects of the game, as well as one of the parts of the game that isn't the same for every game. While military is usually the same for most people, like building up a stack of swordsmen, or waiting for cavalry to take over the world, you have to be able to adapt to the terrain for city placement. It varies from difficulty level, map size, and victory condition!

Hopefully this guide will help you use your cities to your advantage. Enjoy.

I. Placement Patterns

Before we can even discuss the pros and cons of each regular placement pattern, lets go over the following terms.

C = city, x = tile in between cities


Ailing Civilization Strategy
By Drakan at 2005-04-06 00:00
The Ailing Civilization Strategy

It's a strategy devised to catch-up techwise, obtaining numerous techs in a short span of time through trading.

When I'm lagging behind in the tech race at, say, Emperor level or above, I look at the Power Chart and trace a feable civilization with high culture (which probably means it will be ahead of me by several techs). This has been a civ that has typically prioritised research in the earlier game rather than building military units and is currently being overun in an ongoing war by some powerful neighbouring civs.

Requirements
for the ACS:

I. The ailing civ must be at war with TWO or MORE civilizations.
II. It must have FIVE or less cities left to be annihilated.
III. Your reputation must be flawless enabling you to trade techs for gpt.


Catch the Runaway AI
By zerksees at 2005-02-11 01:00
To read and discuss zerksees' article on catching runaway AI civilizations, complete with game example and screenshots, please visit this thread on the forums.



Rating the Unique Units
By Ision at 2004-09-28 00:00
I often get PMs asking me how I rate a particular UU. It is hard enough to rate the CIV themselves considering the numerous variables involved, while trying to keep a balanced view between the 3 play styles (warmonger, balance of power, peaceful builder). Rating a UU in a vacuum, without any context to the specific map, difficulty level, player skill level, terrain or victory type sought - is perhaps an impossibility. The best one can do is to create a standard that is based on a host of assumptions. In an effort to be fair one must attempt to remove themselves from their own biases that have been formed as a consequence of their personal play preferences and most importantly from the difficulty level that they typically play within. This last bias can often blind a player completely.

Worker Moves
By KayEss at 2004-09-28 00:00
To view KayEss' article on worker moves and how to maximize efficiency, please see the attached PDF file.



The Aztecs
By Ision at 2004-09-28 00:00
Thousands of miles from where the Egyptian Pyramids were built, other Pyramids had been built as well. A Civilization that in many ways matched that of the Western World existed and did not come into contact with the West until the 16th century. That contact brought to an end what was once a mighty empire that stretched thousands of miles, practiced brutal human sacrifices and yet charted the stars, a civilization that boasted the largest city on earth - the 'Venice of the new World'. The mighty Aztecs are the subject of this civ review.


 
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