As I mentioned yesterday, Civilization 5 has been going for a domination victory over my free time. I have really been enjoying it, but that isn't surprise. Civilization 1 was the first game I bought when I got my own computer (as opposed to a parents). So you could say I am a fan.
I like to play on the biggest map possible, which is Huge in this iteration. For game speed, I am liking the marathon setting. Each era (ancient,classical ...) feels like its own game. This is great for me, as I hate seeing tech go by without getting some good use out of it.
For my first game, I chose Rome. Fast forward several hours to 200 AD and my empire has been turned to rubble by the Chinese. I leaned some import lessons.
- Expanding too fast means slower growth and less happiness.
- Don't forget about your army, the AI will attack you.
To the west is a rather large mountain range. Since it only has a single pass on the southern end, I prioritize settling near it. Other civilizations cannot pass through your territory without a treaty or war. Controlling it will secure more land for my empire.
Civ 5 has some RPG/MMO type features. Once you earn enough culture, you can spend it on Social Policies. I chose Liberty as my first, since building settlers 50% faster will help me secure more land.
I decided to try for a Wonder and the Pyramids had just become available. In my first game, I was unable to finish any of them before a foreign civilization. This time, I succeeded.
To wrap up this post, let's take a look at one of my favorite features: Demographics.