Thoughts on Rise & Fall

I was gifted a copy of the Civilization VI expansion, Rise & Fall, by my Dad for Christmas. It was released at the beginning of 2018 and I had been keeping my eye on it for some time, aiming to grab it on sale at some point. He did this for me instead, and since I hadn’t played the game in a couple of years I knew I needed a new play through to get acquainted with the new features and mechanics. Besides adding new units and buildings, there were some key features added to the game, along with some new civilizations to command. I chose to go with one of the new civs, Scotland:

Robert the Bruce ended up being my leader, and his Highlanders (that don’t become available until after you’re able to produce firearms) were quite handy in battle. When creating this campaign, I decided that I only wanted to allow either the Domination or Science victories. I have a habit of warmongering a bit in the Civilization series, so I decided that I would aim for the Science victory and only fight with other civs when they attacked me first. I stuck to this throughout the game, and war did indeed come to my doorstep. I chose the realistic Earth tileset, and for civilizations to start in their real world starting locations. As such, I started on a tiny little island with England.

One of the new features was introduced almost immediately, that being Governors. They are a new part of the government that helps you to keep full loyalty in your cities where they are established. They also come with perks that are unique to each governor, and you can use these to your advantage as needed.

It wasn’t long after getting somewhat established and expanding to the east with a new town that London started getting angsty towards me. I’m not sure exactly what I did to them, but in true historical fashion they attempted to subjugate my people. In non-historically accurate terms, I ended up destroying them and claiming London for my own. Take that, ya damn Brits!

It wasn’t long after this that I expanded a bit further into the northeast and soon Poland was denouncing me and attacking as well. I managed to take over a couple of their cities in the process of war, but then we made peace. They would denounce me over an over again for controlling their cities until their inevitable collapse to China.

I managed to make a few wonders during the campaign, but only one was a new addition with the expansion (the Statue of Liberty). That particular wonder provides two new settler units with which I used to colonize the new world.

There was a plethora of new resources on this new continent, and thankfully I had put a bunch of research into upgrading my navy so I was able to support this endeavor, even after Rome advanced into the territory and dropped a surprise war on me, on two fronts. I only fought them off and didn’t take any new territory for myself in the process, mainly because at this point I was just trying to further my scientific goals.

The late game consisted of spy games and creating wonders. Spies are a more interactive feature in this iteration of Civilization than the previous game (where they were originally introduced). You can send them to various cities and then use them for various missions, including stealing research or great works, or to slow down enemies production. Some spies in my cities were consistently creating partisan rebels that I would have to eliminate, but most of the time they would wander off to fight with Rome instead, which was nice. I was nearing completion of my first space port and had researched the necessary Mars components to gain the space victory, but there was only about 40 turns left (of the 500 limit) so I don’t think I would have been able to win anyway. China ended up getting the science victory and my story had come to a close.

It was a bummer, but it was still a fun experience, and I think this expansion truly brought this game up a notch. I’m looking forward to the next expansion that’s coming this year, and I will likely revisit Civilization VI again after that point. One last new feature I would like to point out, is the addition of a history scroll that updates periodically throughout your game, and brings a nice personal touch to the game that has been missing in iterations past. I’ll leave you with a slideshow of my personal journey through this play through.

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Pretty cool. I would highly recommend picking up Rise & Fall particularly if you can get it on sale. Otherwise, perhaps you should wait for the complete edition that is sure to come out sometime after the next expansion releases. Either way, Civilization continues to be an amazing gaming experience.

Izlain the Hun Part 3

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My time as Izlain the Hun has come to an end, but what a tale it was! My recounting of the details might be a little fuzzy because I played several sessions to finish up the game, and am going to just wrap it up in this last post. As such, the older details are what’s mostly fuzzy. I know after the last time I wrote about my play through, I had destroyed the Mongols, part of the Byzantine Empire and had moved on to attacking Siam. At this point many of the world’s leaders were guarded towards me, and it was basically me and the Shoshone against the world.

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I pushed further south, essentially taking over the rest of the eastern coastline, which included finishing off Siam, and capturing various city-states. Despite my desire to leave the city-states near my territory in tact, it ended up where one by one they made friends with an enemy civilization, and I ended up having to wipe some of them off of the map. The two nearest me were first to go, and later I had to take Ragusa as they were blocking my push southward.

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It was nice to have an additional port city, as my navy was becoming quite formidable at this point. It should also be noted that at this point some of the other civs decided to wage their own wars, and soon a few of the other factions were killed off by the AI. After conquering most of Siam’s territory for instance, Egypt attacked from the other side and took their final city. The Byzantines were conquered similarly, as was Brazil, whom I never saw except for on the political screen. I had to conquer another port-holding city-state myself, and decided to test out my new found nuclear technology on them.

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Nukes were devastating, but you also need ground troops nearby to actually capture cities, so I had sent that particular nuke a little prematurely. Soon I had the entire east coast of the main continent under my control, and had my sights set inland. The Iroquois had begun fighting with the Shoshone who had helped me in conquering the Mongols, but for some reason the Shoshone decided to denounce me after I refused to give them any more charity (I had donated money and furs to them previously, with nothing in return). So I moved in and took down their last remaining cities. That will show them.

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By now I had Giant Death Robots and the best military tech in the game. The Shoshone were no match.

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During the course of my conquest, both the International Games and the International Space Station projects were started, and yours truly provided the most production for each, granting me a bunch of benefits that helped the war effort, and soon my empire was super happy with me despite my warmonger status. Adopting the Autocracy Ideology helped immensely.

After conquering the Shoshone, I pushed into Egyptian territory, and soon met the opposing red front of Austria, who had done most of the conquering for the western end of the continent. At this point there was only Austria, Egypt, The Iroquois and Japan left, and soon Egypt would fall as well.

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While I finished beating up on Egypt, Austria would go on to conquer Japan, who only had a measly four cities left. They had also started a push into Iroquois territory, bordering me to the north at this point. Seeing Austria and my next big target, I let the Iroquois stick around for a little longer. I knew Austria would be the biggest target from here, so I pulled a multi-faceted strike. First, I built up a large navy and sent them around the southern tip of the main continent to attack all of their harbor cities. I sent my air and ground forces inland and attacked from the east and norther sides, culminating in my having them surrounded. From there it was easy pickings to knock out the Iroquois.

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From there, the game was won. Here’s the final stats:

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Izlain the Hun Part 2

I felt pretty stupid.

After my last post about this particular Civilization V playthrough, I continued on for three or four hours just to have my game crash and I believed all that progress to be lost. I had completely mowed over Mongolia, repelled the attacks from two other civs, along with quelling my own unhappy people who were rebelling against me. After the crash, I lost the will to do anything further that day.

It turns out, Civilization V has an autosave feature, and I didn’t notice until way later on. It saves once every ten turns, so I would have only lost a few minutes worth of actions, rather than the hours I had originally thought. Either way, I didn’t realize this until after I had decided to do everything over again about a week later. So basically, I picked up right where the last post left off, once again. Let’s start from there.

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I utilized my budding navy to take out this island city of the Mongols, which seemed like a pretty pointless spot to put a city in the first place, considering the lack of nearby resources. It fell to my ships easily, though I had to bring in an embarked Knight to capture it. As I said, it was a poor location for a city (I later scouted around and found that there was nothing of value to the north either) so it was razed to the ground. From there, I pushed in further with my forces to take down the Mongols, and the Shoshone were pushing in from the opposite side (we had jointly declared war).

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I took the city to the east here, and there were still a couple to go to the southeast. With the help of the Shoshone, we were able to wipe the Mongols from the map. Funny enough, the first time I went through this, I must have either rushed too quickly, or the random seed just made the difference. The first time all the other civs (besides my ally) decided to declare war on me and sent units to attack. This time I didn’t have that happen, and I managed my happiness just right to the point where I didn’t have any rebel uprisings either. Oh well, it was much smoother this way.

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With the great Khan down, it was time to aim my sights at the rest of the world. First though, it was time to do some more researching, get improvements down on all of the tiles I now owned, and build up an even better army. My cannons, knights and musketmen were doing the trick to that point, but I wanted more modern tech, and wanted to build a navy to rival any other civ. Around this time one of the Vienna conferences came around, and I voted to start the World’s Fair. Doing so, and allotting quite a bit of production towards it netted me some groovy rewards:

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As you can see, I completely destroyed everyone in terms of production. It only took utilizing three or four of my cities as well, though they didn’t really have much to produce building-wise anyway. A worthy trade off, considering the huge boost of culture, points towards a golden age and a free social policy. Most of that was put towards increasing my empire’s happiness, which tends to be the hardest stat to maintain.

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Constantinople is the capital of the Byzantine empire, and though they had been a close neighbor for some time, they had only expanded to two cities from what I could tell. At some point, a rival civ took out one of those cities, and I assumed that the capital was all that remained. I looked forward to easily wiping them from the map, but it turned out that they had actually expanded elsewhere. Still, I had captured two civ’s capitals at this point. I did decide to annex this capital, as I needed a forward base of operations as I moved south to conquer Siam. The reason I chose to go south instead of to the east is because of the friendship that I had maintained with the Shoshone, who were bordering my empire there. As long as they stay friendly, I’ll let them be. For now.

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Soon, I was entering the Modern Age, which meant getting “Great War” tech (and beyond), including new foot soldiers, better siege weaponry, and some improvements to my navy. Oh yeah, I also got access to flight, which means bombers and furthermore, aircraft carriers. I soon had a new target to destroy. Siam was in my sights. It didn’t take long to destroy their cities with a combination of artilery fire, bombing runs, and support from my battleships.

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I captured two of their cities, but it appeared that there was still much work to do, as they seemed to be an empire that had expanded quite readily. I owned nearly the entire western coastline at this point though, so it wouldn’t be long before I was an unstoppable force, particularly with Atomic Theory research almost being completed. Before long I’ll have future tech and will be crowned king of the world, or something to that effect.

More to come as I progress.

Izlain the Hun

After outlining my To-Do List last week, I quickly stopped playing all of those games and picked up Civilization V once again. It had been over a year since I had played the game and from memory I recall having been beaten out by Gandhi in my last game, where I was attempting to warmonger and he went the peaceful cultural victory route. For whatever reason, I just had the urge to start playing the game again, so I rolled with it.

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I chose Attila, as I figured he was a good warmonger type, and I’ve already won with generals from Germany and America in the past. Set up the rest of the game with the Terra map (similar to the real world), made it Huge with the max players, on normal difficulty at standard pace. I also decided to only allow a complete domination victory, so that way no one was going to go peaceful routes to beat me. So it began.

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I started the game near a river, and of course had to spend most of the early game doing research, building structures and units, scouting, and of course killing barbarians. Soon enough, I had expanded by a couple of cities and stretched my empire near the coast lines to the east and south. Genghis Khan was the nearest civilization, and of course he started to expand into lands I considered my own.

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It was clear that the Khan was not to be trusted, as he started sending troops down in between my territories to bully a nearby city-state whom I had allied with.

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He backed off without causing too much harm to the city-state, but I responded in kind, taking over his nearest city and thereby expanding my empire.

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I called off the war after this, because I wasn’t ready to expand further, mainly because I founded a new city on the northern coast and had plenty of roads and farms to build. I also wanted to improve some of my siege weaponry so that I could more effectively continue my expansion.

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Soon I would have all of my cities connected and came to a point where I was struggling with happiness levels, food levels, and all the other troubles that a budding civilization would have. Barbarians had been eradicated from this side of the continent though, so that was one less thing to worry about. I had considered taking control of the two city-states in the south east corner of my empire, but decided that I would keep them around as allies. Khan was still first on my list to eradicate though.

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I began prepping for my siege, surrounding the next closest city that belonged to Khan. He mentioned to me that he was worried about my ammassing troops, but I assured him we were “just passing through.” I knew he wouldn’t believe that, but I let it ride for a few turns. Soon, another civilization was asking me to go to war with the Khan, and I accepted. They swept in from the east (though I couldn’t really see much of what was going on, just know that I saw a city go down in flames) while I took this city and the one above it.

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I had built up a small navy by this point, which aided me in the siege. I also entered the industrial era and these cities were no match for cannon barrages. I should be able to conquer Khan very soon, as he has posed no real threat. As it is he has been begging to stop this war, but I will soldier on. From there my expansion will continue west until I can take over the world. More to come as I play through the game.