When I got the game I started playing at Diety Level
[thinking that since I am so good at Civ2, I should
be fine in Civ3]. Ah, to my surprise while I had maybe
3 cities the computer players [16 of 'em] had 10+.
I do not know how they get their settlers so fast.
Anyways I shamefully went down to Regent difficulty.
Now that I have played a couple of games [never actually
finished one, just restarted a couple of times once I
started beating the computer...] I can say a few things:
1. Expansion is the KEY to winning the game or dominating
the game 2. It is very wise to BUY technologies from the
computer, or offer your extra resources for the 20 turn
period. This will get you caught up with the technology
tree, i.e. lets say I go for monarchy right away, this
means I will neglect 'the wheel' and 'horseback riding'
and I would buy these then. 3. Always have a 'MODERN'
army ready to defend/attack
1. It is quite alright for you to have 1 of each type
of resource, that is all you need. The more you have
the better since you can use these for trading [luxury
ones being most valuable, I found] 2. Do not stress if
you have no strategic resources in the beginning, you
can still build basic def/att units. You can always
trade for strategic resources or even better you can
make surgical strikes to capture these strategic resources.
1. I found that Horsemen are the best unit in the beginning.
Mobility is very important and the fact that a Horsemen will
retreat out of combat allows you to save it [i.e. retreat
with it to town and rest it to full health]. In short:
Horsemen are the most efficient unit at start
example: I had a fight with the Germans who had Iron
[i did not] and built 10+ swordsmen. I defeated them
with my horsemen. Then ended up conquering most of their
cities. They bought peace finally...by surrendering 3 of
their cities on the bargaining table :]
2. Concentrate your attacks just like the computer
3. Computer has usually 2 defenders in town if Despotism,
3 if Monarchy, 2 for Republic/Democracy and 3 for Communism.
Why? For despotism/monarchy/communism this is the number of
units that help with happiness of the city, more than this
1. Always have attacking units in your border cities.
The computer attacks in a bunch of stacked units. Having
attacking units in your town allows you to destroy a few
before they strike at you and the sweetness of it is that
since the units are stacked up your attacking unit does
not leave town. So a good def/att stats are good (like the
Roman Legion, or Babylonian Bowman, or later on the
Musketmen) Remember: BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENCE 2.
All your border cities less than 7 must have Walls and at
least 3 spearmen/pikemen
Strategy for attacking:
1. Surgical and well thought out strikes are most damaging
to your opponent. Best is to conquer or raze towns which
have thier Strategic Resources or to pillage ROADS leading
to the Strategic Resources. This will hamper their ability
to produce units that require that resource. 2. If you are
bent on conquest: keep the pressure up and do not falter.