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I never win with Greece

February 9th, 2006

So I’ve been playing a lot of Civilization III lately. It doesn’t help me find a job, nor does it help me see China…

When I first got the game, many years ago, I immediately gravitated towards Greece. They get an excellent early military unit and they start with pottery and alphabet. Initially this appears to be the ideal nation for my style of play.

However they are commercialistic and scientific. Scientific is good, maybe not as good as religious but still damn fine. Commercialistic isn’t so great and despite the excellent first two technologies and military unit, I’ve never won with Greece.

I’ve been giving it a lot of thinking and religious is hard to live without. You get cheap city improvements which lead to superiour culture and you don’t have to deal with anarchy when changing government types. Probably the best combination is military and religious, I’ve never lost with Japan and my current game I’m playing as the Aztecs.

Industrious and Scientific are both good, with Expansionistic and Commercialistic bringing up the rear. Supposedly Expanisionistic has been improved in the expansions and it comes in to it’s own more on larger maps. I repeatedly tried in Alpha Centauri to win by commercial domination but I never even came close. There is no commercial victory in Civilization III.

These are the research priorities on my latest loss as Greece:

  1. Literature
  2. Map making
  3. Construction
  4. Republic
  5. Currency
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Gunpowder
  8. Education
  9. Free Artistry
  10. Military Tradition
  11. Magnetism
  12. Theory of Gravity
  13. Steam Power
  14. Industrialization
  15. Sanitation
  16. Replaceable Parts
  17. Refining
  18. Electronics
  19. Mechanized Transport
  20. Flight
  21. Radio
  22. Fission
  23. Computers
  24. Miniaturization
  25. Genetics
  26. Robotics

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