[Civ6] Putting it all together
On Sunday evening I started a new game of Civ6. Now that I know everything from my prior “info-dump” post, I had a plan going in and just needed to execute it.
I chose Germany due to them having their industrial zone be a unique tile, which means it gets a discount when building it. I got a starting seed with 3 city-states fairly close by. 1 is to my NW, 1 is to the NE, and the last one is to my SE. This essentially forced me to look at building to the south and west of my starting spot. There were a lot of rivers in that direction, though, so it all looked good.
Except France was there to the south and she took exception to me dropping 2 cities “on her borders” early on. I don’t think she’s forgiven me for that, becuz she just declared a surprise war on me during my last play session. After getting those 2 cities down, my scout also found a nice spot close enough to the west to be able to “finish a square” so to speak. I also found that India was off that direction, so if I wanted to get a city there I’d need to work on that, so I rush-built a settler and tossed it over that way too. Over time, I was able to build 3 industrial districts in a triangle with commercial districts adjacent for big bonuses, and the 4th industrial zone is 1 hex away from that triangle, so it’s still close enough to everything to spread its bonus to all 4 cities in the square, even if it’s a slightly smaller bonus (+10 instead of the other’s +12 when I checked). Here’s what it all looks like right now:
As you can see, I’ve also built a city off to the north now. I had to do that to pick up some niter. And I’ve got a settler headed over to the south of Amsterdam there as well since once I finished researching Steam Power some coal popped up down there. My only “problem” right now is that I’m still landlocked, but once I get that city up on that coal resource it will be coastal so I’ll be able to build a harbor there, so that will be taken care of soon. Of course it’ll be right on France’s border again, so that will make her mad too, but she’s using warriors and spearmen against muskets and field cannons. I’m not worried….
My scouts also found China and Egypt pretty early on and they both declared war jointly almost immediately. I ‘d put an Archer in each city, and I thought I’d built walls around all of them, but overlooked one (Mainz on the SW corner), so of course that was the one closest to Egypt and the one that got attacked by a bunch of warriors and archers. Fortunately for me I had already built roads from my other cities so I was able to bring down a swordsman and some more archers to drive her back even without the city being defended by walls. Though oddly enough after I’d killed off all but one of her warriors she used her archers to take my city HP to nothing, then instead of attacking with the last warrior and taking the city she sued for peace and withdrew. Whew…… I never even saw China before they sued for peace.
Other than that early scare the game’s been going very well for me. I’m completely dominating in Tech and Civics. Although I’ve started to be spied upon and I can’t build spies yet, and I’m not sure what I need to do to get them. More to look up how to do… But anyway, I’m a powerhouse this time due to knowing how the bonuses stack now and making sure to build in a way to take maximum advantage of the bonuses. How well? Well, check out this screenshot showing the horrible reporting UI and see how much production I have in my capital and the “worst” of the other 3 cities in “the square:”
Yes, 110 production in my capital, and 81 in another city. The other 2 cities in “the square” are doing 84, and 85 production. I wish I could collapse the city view on that report and just show overall totals, but… bad UI is bad. The 5th city up north that isn’t part of “the square” also has 45 production, which isn’t bad at all, just not quite as insanely good as the 4 central cities.
But yeah… I finally feel like I’ve got a handle on the game. Time to start branching out and trying other civs and playstyles…
Happy gaming out there!