Lets talk about Factions
I'd like this to be a thread about people's experiences with the various factions and what they liked or didn't like about them.
Personally, I like to roll the dice on what Faction I'm given and I was initially rather disappointed to get the Iroquois for my first play through. Soon, however, I was pleasantly surprised with their performance. I've been playing since Civ 2 and it has been my experience that the Iroquois or Native American iterations in this game are generally weak. Yet the Warpath ability coupled with the fact that roads are now expensive has proven to be quite a boost to my economy. I suppose it has helped that the continent I was spawned on is almost all one giant forest in its northern half. But being able to travel through forests and jungles (in my territory) as if there was a road has really helped. And my economy really blew up once my cities started to practically connect themselves through the hidden highway in the trees. To top all of that off, now even my cities that struggled to produce early on have become behemouths b/c of the Longhouse effect. Not to mention that the Mohawk Warrior as a replacement for the swordsman is a nice change from the horse archers b/c I find that the first real wars tend to happen once swordsman start to appear.
So far, I've played England, Arabia, and Songhai. England put my first settlers on the coast of an island, and Arabia & Songhai put me on the edge of a desert. No, I don't have any mod running.
Are the starting locations of each faction rigged to provide some historical accuracy? Or is this just a coincidence?
I only played England for a dozen or so turns, just to get used to the interface changes. Arabia is cool: No new units, but the bazaar and benefits from trade routes worked well. Songhai's unique unit rocks for taking down cities in the Medieval era. Heartily approved.
Starting location is affected by your Civ. For example, Arabia starts at desert/edge of desert.
Originally Posted by wjmacguffin
You can turn this off in the Advanced Options menu when making the game. Just disable start bias.
China, Rome, Babylon
I've played as China, Rome and am currently late-renaissance with Babylon.
China is fantastic, i won before the industrial era my first game. Cho-Ku-Nu double fire rate+45% GG+double XP honor policy= intense promotion rate. always had good gold/science ratio with the papermaker too.
Rome's production UA wasn't as powerful as I thought, and i had a whole continent by turn 120 (epic speed, standard map). Legions are amazing thouguh, that attack bonus gave the ability to completely wipe out 4 civs before they were out-teched.
Babylon's great sciencist UA is so powerful it gets ridiculous. I'm going for a science victory, Ghandi catapult/swordsman/elephant rushed me, and my Bowmen held them off great. I then attacked Ghandi's massively powerful cities and used my reserve GS's to slingshot Riflemen. It felt unfair, in a good way