Ok last night I played thru several practice starts on Emperor level (SP) with Spain so I could get a feel for what I was doing but have questions. Was I doing it the most efficient way?
I was setting up for a Horseman rush. And this is what went down:
1.) Established city and adjusted workers to hammers on (two) squares (no growth/science)
2.) Pumped out 4 warriors at 3 turns each (instead of 5 turns each) and went in search of Barbarians & my closest AI
3.) Once fourth warrior was produced I switched city to science production (custom squares so I was getting +4 science instead of typ. +2)
4.) 100g settlers were produced and sent them out about 8 squares away to some shore that had 2 whales, peeled 1 warrior off to escort settlers.
5.) Found AI (English) about 15 squares (funny normally they are like 6-8 squares away) They turned out to be the only AI on my land mass
6.) Discovered Horseman and started rushing them from the 120 gold I got from the Barbs. Then discovered Alphabet.
7.) Finished with last rushed Horseman and sent Horseman army to English and set city to balanced (as to keep science going but also start with city growth) also sent caravan ahead of army to open up squares around the English city.
8.) Had the 3 warriors I had sent out converge together at AI city (formed army around upgraded warrior unit) they met with Horseman army at city at the same time.
9.) Sold all my tech to English (45g a wack – Alphabet, Horseman, Code)(noted she mentioned she hoped I had good intentions with my army next to her city (does this matter))
10.) Attacked with Horseman army and win but didn’t take city, met 1 warrior unit, attacked with upgraded warrior army met 1 warrior unit and took the city.
So at this point I am feel’in pretty good about what I did as far as getting the AI threat away from my area and getting a capitol. My questions are:
1.) Was this the most efficient use us squares in a Horseman rush / recover scenario?
2.) Had a second AI been in the area would I had needed to continue rushing a second Horseman Army or just turn the forces I had on them?
This was my first attempt at this on this level but I think I was lucky in the initial placement of AI only having to deal with one AI.
Any thoughts on refining this would be greatly appreciated.