2. EARLY/MID GAME
The most important early resources are: copper, horses, and iron (for military); stone and marble (forWonders); and gold, silver, and gems (for your economy and happiness)
The best initial city build orders involve Workers, Warriors, and Settlers. Any of these could be your firstbuild in the city, for varying reasons and uses:
: The Worker can chop forests to rush completion of other builds (once you’ve discoveredBronze Working). As noted above, they are also essential to improve tiles around your cities.
Many players prefer to build a Warrior (or Scout, if you start with Hunting) first, timing thebuild by changing the tile worked by the capital’s first citizen so that the unit is finished on the sameturn that the city grows to size 2. The Warrior then joins your initial unit in exploring the map, whilethe next build (usually a Worker) is completed faster because you have two citizens working tiles,not just one. A Warrior can also escort and protect Workers and Settlers on the way to a new citysite; once there, the Warrior in turn becomes the new city’s first defender
: Building a Settler first allows you to have a second city in place very early in the game.However, you should research a tech that reveals a strategic resource (such as Animal Husbandryfor horses or Bronze Working for copper) to determine where this city should be located.
The best initial tech research paths vary, but
is generally one of the most valuableearly technologies and should be a priority, if not your top priority. This is because it (a) reveals thelocations of copper on the map, which can be used to build Axemen, a powerful early military unit;(b) grants you the ability to chop forests to accelerate production; and (c) enables access to the Slaverycivic, which allows you to sacrifice population to accelerate production.
Other valuable early techs are the “worker techs” (such as Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, The Wheel,Mining, Pottery, Fishing, Masonry, and Hunting) which allow you to improve tiles around your cities.
: Because Chariots receive a +100% bonus when attacking Axemen in theexpansion packs, Animal Husbandry is a more valuable early technology in Warlords/BtS— especiallyfor fending off barbarians. Remember, however, that Chariots also require the Wheel and horses.
The best early military unit is the Axeman; Chariots are also useful because they are relatively cheap(and are more useful in
, as noted above). Others are Unique Units (UUs) of Civs with anearly one (Rome, Inca, Aztec, Mali, Mongolia, Persia; in
, Carthage, the Celts, and theZulus; in
, Maya, Native America, and Sumer.)
Once you discover Pottery, have your Workers create several cottage tile improvements to generatecommerce. This is known as “cottage spam”. Best tiles for cottages: grasslands (especially besiderivers) and flood plains.
A cottage tile
must have a citizen assigned to work it
in order for thecottage’s revenue to increase (see the next point).
To assign citizens to work specific tiles, go into the city screen (double-click on the city). Each tilesurrounded by a white circle has a citizen assigned to work it. Click on a white-circled tile to remove thecitizen from that tile, then click on a different (non-circled) tile to re-assign that citizen. Obviously, themore citizens a city has, the more tiles it can work and the more food, hammers, and commerce it canproduce.