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Old 17-04-2019, 22:01   #11
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Matrix 2nd town is on the coast, river, elephant tile (as far as I can judge from the borders). The copper is in its 1st expansion, thus NOT available as of now.
OTOK, the ?iron hill is at the borders, so I can waltz in and pillage the next turn. Need to get my warriors into position for this.....
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Old 18-04-2019, 15:54   #12
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Old 20-04-2019, 09:48   #13
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upgraded the warrior! Here we go.......
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Old 20-04-2019, 20:29   #14
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so Matrix has approached me wrt Lebensraum, potential borders, etc.
Looking at the power graphs I can see what he sees: he is better in gold and culture, but I slightly outbuild him in food and production. So knowing me, he knows what might be coming.
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Old 21-04-2019, 23:19   #15
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well, well, well......

I started moving troops, and ran into a warrior in that ugly yellow. So Matrix knows what's moving. At the same time, Matrix offered OB, since I had whined about a warrior stuck due his latest city founding.

I wrote him a message, explaining the troops as cover for a settler (which is true - they do cover a settler on his way out). And suggested that I had a certain amount of troops over, which we could use, if he agreed and put up troops of his own, to attack jakeri in the NW (seen from Matrix's position). I suggested a ruse I have used to great effect before: I DoW on Matrix, so everybody thinks we are at each other's throats. In fact, though, we just march for jakeri together.

Sadly, it seems Matrix doesn't know me as well as I thought he did: he declined, citing his fear of a backstab! Hey, I NEVER break deals, unless the other guy breaks them first! If I feel uneasy, I won't give me word. Very straightforward. I didn't take his OB because it would have looked like a treaty break to DoW on him after taking them to others! If I don't do that, does anyone really think I would actually backstab him?

So, as he declined, I basically have no option but to attack him now.
Two ways about this: DoW ASAP, kill his warriors, and basically ensure that I can only pillage his lands due to heightened defenses, or
try to string him along for one more turn (more is unlikely), abort talks, and move in as fast as possible.

The former course means I get to kill his wandering warrior, the latter means it stays a loose cannon. OTOH, I can churn out axemen at a surprising rate now.........
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Old 14-05-2019, 22:57   #16
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well, well, well - this has been interesting!

I proceeded as planned, keeping the option of war open, but (thinking of the high defense bonus the Holy Roman Empire gets for archery units) also trying to keep open the option of a peaceful solution. The diplomatic messages with Matrix quickly escalated, though. He sounded really afraid, distrustful, angry, frustrated. Oh well - he neglected going for copper quickly, and the penalty could now being pillaged back into the stone age..... erh, yeah, that's where he actually still is. Whatever.... He also settled ANOTHER city, this one with copper in its 21 (but not 9), so I had to MOVE! Matrix kept harping on about how a war would mean we both can't win the game - not really true: an efficient pillage would have allowed me to continue expanding and growing. Tho cost would not have been prohibitive. But annoying, I grant him that.

I responded in innocent mode, suggested the false-war ruse against jakeri to him - he feared a backstab. Matrix is a smart one, but here fear got the better of him: he should have known me well enough to know I would never break such a deal!



And then, suddenly, when I laid before him the fact that he would out-settle, out-commerce, out-defend me - BAMM there comes an offer that I found initially too good to be true:

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