Originally Posted by Dashboard
Glad you finally had a chance to enjoy this addictively great game
(you nailed the right word)
You are also right in the good time since they just released the expansion a couple of months ago that now introduce Spies and religion! I haven't picked it up myself but will have to soon but i haven't touched Civ V for a couple of months, busy with other games now
What astonishes me the most about this game is that my dad has 1000+ hours in and is trying to complete all of Steam's achievement for the game!
Talk about dedication and patience
It’s pretty cool that your dad is hardcore into the game. The only games my dad has played are Solitaire and the latest Gran Turismo (he’s a car nut). Still, 1,000+ hours?
As for religion, I didn’t know what to expect from the play mechanic (especially if other Civs would overwhelm my empire with their religions), so I made sure I dominated the known world with my faith network first. It was probably overkill because over thirty entities have adopted my religion (which spread VERY fast), I am close to 1,000 unspent faith points, and I have three Great Prophets sitting around with nothing to do.
I wish I knew how to transform the Prophets into holy sites for the gold/culture bonus, but the option comes up randomly. I started dismantling all my Shrines to save even more gold. Maybe they’ll be something out there once I explore the rest of the world.
I only have one spy right now. My current philosophy is mainly to protect my capital from spy intrusion with her, so I don’t send her out on espionage or hacking missions. I’m not interested in seeing what my friends are up to behind the scenes unless they cross me. I probably should be doing more, but I don’t want to risk her getting caught and screwing up my solid diplomatic ties. I really don't like to make a fuss with anyone; even when Montezuma started bad mouthing me to the the other Civs and city-statesafter we made our deal, I didn't retaliate. Besides, who would believe a crazed tyrant over me considering all the good I've done in the world?
Overall I’ll keep focusing on growing my trade network to include as many different products as possible while maintaining a strong defensive presence (war boats, troops of all types, catapults, etc. all highly trained with extra battle perks) to deal with any ne’er do wells. Besides faith, my culture growth is in good shape, I’m starting to make a solid income, and my people are relatively happy/well-fed.
I should have invested in the sciences more early on. I think I’m lagging in the tech tree advancement. Fortunately the lady in Greece keeps forging technology pacts with me so that we both are getting bonus advancements that helps make up for my early lack of attention to that area.
Once again, great game!