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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.

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My New Central Trade Hub
As noted last time, Johannesburg was parked here so I could launch caravans. Well, let’s launch some caravans.

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Putting the Bald in Garibaldi
I actually hadn’t met everyone yet. Wow.

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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.

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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.

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Another Ripoff Masquerading As A Trade Deal
I’m not renewing on these terms.

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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.

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Hey Look, A Fair Deal!
We’ll definitely renew this one.

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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.

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Speaking Of Unfair Trade Deals
I wonder if I can pull one off myself?

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Nope
Gotta cut him a fair price. Sigh.

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Keeping Promises
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.

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Huh?! Say Wha’?!
What. The. Hell?!

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Et Tu, Belgique?
What the hell is happening? I get that I’m not letting you continue to rip me off, but damn, pipples!

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After that Shock, Allow Me To Compose Myself
There’s no way to redeem this joke. Just keep reading….

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The Other Lancerscout
Still meandering the continent like a lieutenant on a compass course.

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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’.

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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.

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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…

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Improving My Land
Farm everything, boys! If it’s moist and inviting, plow it!

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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!


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