The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 16)
It’s a Civilization Scramble – It’s like four-ball, with muskets
By Brant Guillory, GrogDude
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Episode 15 saw some internal improvements, and me pontificating on the wisdom of upgrading units vs building new ones.
My New Central Trade Hub
As noted last time, Johannesburg was parked here so I could launch caravans. Well, let’s launch some caravans.
Putting the Bald in Garibaldi
I actually hadn’t met everyone yet. Wow.
Renew a Trade Deal?
I’m sure the French would love to renew this rip-off-masquerading-as-a-trade-pact. But I’m countering.
How About This Instead
Yes, he went for it. And I’ve got my gold/turn back where it belongs, in the local bar, paying for beer.
Another Ripoff Masquerading As A Trade Deal
I’m not renewing on these terms.
How About This Instead?
And I’m still overpaying, but I got all that money back from France, so I have a little to work with.
Hey Look, A Fair Deal!
We’ll definitely renew this one.
The List of Deals
I let a lot of deals expire. They were costing me a truckload of gold/turn, and weren’t bringing back a lot of value.
Speaking Of Unfair Trade Deals
I wonder if I can pull one off myself?
Gotta cut him a fair price. Sigh.
See down in the lower right, just above the world map? Apparently I managed to keep a non-expansion promise to someone. Clearly they were nowhere near Johannesburg.
Huh?! Say Wha’?!
What. The. Hell?!
Et Tu, Belgique?
What the hell is happening? I get that I’m not letting you continue to rip me off, but damn, pipples!
After that Shock, Allow Me To Compose Myself
There’s no way to redeem this joke. Just keep reading….
The Other Lancerscout
Still meandering the continent like a lieutenant on a compass course.
Well, I Gotta Trade With Someone
And the best deals are with the Ports. But watch your back around anyone named “port” – I’m just sayin’.
Pythagoras Is Counting Again
And I’m waaaaay far down on the “pointy-stick-ometer”. This bodes ill with one of the countries denouncing me being #2 on this table.
Strat-View, Filter For Units
I need to see what I’m up against. There’s a bunch of real estate around me, but the majority of units in the area are explorers, not shooters. Given that Vicky is #1 on the list above, and has a dump-wagon-load of spyglasses out there, is the pointy-stick-ometer counting explorers, too? Hmmmmm…
Improving My Land
Farm everything, boys! If it’s moist and inviting, plow it!
The Meandering Lancerscout
I’d like to get him home, but he might just have to float out there and annoy people instead.
If you look at the top-center of the screen, there’s only 3 turns left in the game. I’m still way ahead on the points on the right side, but I don’t know how much the scoring will change at the end of the game (if at all) since I’ve never played this scenario before. I will say that it’s very possible we wrap all this up by next episode, though!