Some people will read this and say, “That’s not my idea of fun.” That’s fine. I understand that different people want to play differently. But after being called cheaters in our last 4 or 5 games, we got sick of it. So I’m posting this to explain to the average player why sometimes you get crushed and how it’s probably not cheating.
Many people use some of what I’m posting here. But I haven’t encountered anyone who has put together the whole package, though I know there is at least one really good player I’ve never played against, so I don’t know what he or she does, and of course I haven’t played against everyone out there.
When you add it all together, it’s more than the sum of its parts, and is quite potent.
A lot of people might ask, “Who the hell are you and why should I listen to you?” Well, truthfully, you don’t have to agree with me, or even listen to me. But I did want to provide at least a little background to hopefully persuade you that you maybe you should keep an open mind to this strategy:
- my team is somewhere between 15-0 and 25-0 using this strategy if you define winning as “not having anyone outside your premade team score higher than you”
- I’ve played about 35 or 40 games, and in those games I’ve amassed over 30,000 fame points. That means I’ve probably averaged 800-900 points per game I’ve played.
- Even though I’ve never bought civbucks, I have over 750 civbucks and 3 skins. Except the 5 civbucks given to us for being in beta a while ago, every civbuck I’ve gotten has come from winning a game or a contest. No one in our threesome has spent money on civbucks either, and we haven't had to use them (though it is comforting to have several hundred in reserve just in case.)
So here’s my guide to how I did it (well at least some of my games).
Summary (ie the TLDR version):
Find two teammates. Poach barbarians until you all have 23 harvests, then form a civ and using timing to maximize harvests. Buy Great People (GP) whenever possible until you have monarchy. Harvest production and use wall posts to close borders. Get Pyramids and Monarchy before anyone else, and wait for people to attack you. Use Voyage Transfer (see Appendix) to maximize Science wins, and Golden Era after Currency and Banking for Economic wins. Tie up the cultural win condition by having some wonders, and defend in any battle if you need to deny points to the attacker. Win the game because you’ve denied your opponents the ability to win eras.