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freeciv is so hard!!!

Postby shane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:05 am

hi everybody!

i was was just trying some of the games on mintPortal and since I dont have OpenGL and have had some experience with Sid Meiers Civilization... I gave Freeciv a shot...

I was surprised to find that even on Novice the game is very hard... basically the other civilizations develop so rapidly that I just can't match them! If I concentrate on gaining territory I can somewhat match the size of the AI opponents but my military takes a major blow and I cant even defend myself against Barbarians! If I concentrate on my military, the number of cities I end up having is too small to actually build up a sizeable army... I also tried going after specific advanced military technologies (nuclear stuff) coupled with gaining territory but I lose out on intermediate military units and I still end up getting whacked...

does anyone play Freeciv? what kind of strategies do you use? Do you win any of the games?

I started on novice just to get a feel of the game... In Civ 3 and 4 playing in the lowest difficulty is a breeze... not so with Freeciv... generally I am a peaceful ruler until I become a behemoth that can't be stopped... then I just beat the crap out of everyone :twisted: and this is pretty easy to do in Sid Meiers Civ... Any advice you guys have to offer? How do you play the game?
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Re: freeciv is so hard!!!

Postby Anonimasu on Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:41 pm

I find that if an AI player attacks a city, they will attack it until city walls are completed. Then they move on to a city without walls and continue this process. City walls don't cost anything to maintain, and if all of your cities have them AI will generally leave them alone for a long time. 8)

Also, it's much easier to play if you have no explorers as starting units (options: starting units. Delete all the 'x' characters on the list and maybe add a few more workers (w)). Then you have time to build up your civilisation before the AI players find you. :wink:

I am playing a game and only one player has found me. They haven't attacked me after more than 1000 years. Also, don't underestimate the value of coinage and marketplaces. Money is very useful when Barbarians find you.

Hope it helps.
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Re: freeciv is so hard!!!

Postby Anonimasu on Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:55 pm

At the moment my computer has Linux Mint 4 and Windows on it. I can't seem to know how to run Freeciv on Mint. My computer is unsafe for internet but I don't know the files I need for Mint. I will download them on a Mac or Windows computer. Can anyone help :?:
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Re: freeciv is so hard!!!

Postby shane on Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:28 am

why would your computer be unsafe for the internet while using Mint? It is almost surely the safest to use online when compared to Windows or MacOS. security is one of the major strong points of Linux...

go to this page http://linuxmint.com/software/?sec=item ... &release=2 and click 'install now' and will install freeciv.

If, you really need to download on Windows or Mac... you can try this:

1) open synaptic package manager, search for and select freeciv for installation.

2) a dialog should open if there are any other packages that need to be installed. note down the names of these packages and of the freeciv one... you can also check, after accepting to install, in synaptic by clicking custom filters and then selecting marked changes...

3) manually download the packages from here http://packages.ubuntu.com/gutsy/... you have to do some hunting around on the site... under Games...

4) copy these packages as root or with sudo... to /var/cache/apt/archives. Run Synaptic again, select freeciv for installation and click apply. you might face problems with version numbers... but you could give this a try.

as you can see... this is more complicated than going to a web page and clicking a link. its like trying to install something on windows without using the installer exe. and your reason of security is not worth all the trouble... get used to not worrying about the security of your computer (for normal desktop use)... Linux will take care of that for you :D
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