I know there are a number of discussions on here about rushers and I have tried to look for some for advice but have found myself still wanting to hear your take on this.
How would you guys deal with a rusher that does not come right for you but rather just uses their early advantage to dominate the map. I have had a good deal of practice with the British and my brother knows that he isn't going to take me early (usually) and he also can't allow me to make it to modern.
He had been going Greek on me and racing me to Oxford - this almost always goes to one of us right before the other so the games are fairly tied in getting there and in who wins.
I guess to mix things up a bit he went Aztec the past few games and has been playing them very aggressive - as he should. He know I have two archers in my cities and can rush the third if needed so he almost never attacks but instead he hunts my warriors and dominates the AI. In our past few games I have found myself hurting to hit 100G and by 2500 he's sitting with two or three caps and starting to expand like crazy.
I know I could switch up my civ of choice and go aggressive on him early on with the Arabs forcing him to worry about defense, but if I decide to stay with the Brits then how would you deal with this tactic change from him. I know that this is all highly dependent on the game at hand so I am really kind of interested in hearing how some of you would react to this situation. We all want to get the Caps and barbs and artifacts but when your playing against someone you know is of equal ability and they get these things before you then how does it impact your game plan.
Example - at 2500 he had 2 caps, 2 HA within striking distance, and the artifacts gave him 2 GP's and the Pyramids. My map was decent and I wasn't being engaged but none-the-less I was behind.
We were not able to keep playing but it is safe to say those HA were there to press and grab my settlers and he was about to go into full expansion.
In a situation like this what would you do?