I played the start like a noob Khmer vs Mali ... skipped wheel and potery and went straight for Iron working ... and he only sent 2 skirms, settled with gold in cap while I missed that and started cottaging earlier.
Iron too so damn long to research, but I got it. We had marble in reach so I thought when he went poly and mono and I was still researching to potery ... fuck, I lost Oracle, let's hope he doesn't get feud with it.
1. I got oracle ?!?!?!
Ok, first chance for him, he failed to take it. I started cottaging, I had higher pop cities, science was doing better despite the fact he's financial and with gold cap. We have eles near border, he planted quite close to border and got religious city in it. I make 4th city close to his cultural border and hope for creative to kick in. It doesn't look so good so I chop henge in it.
Meanwhile he tries to get some axe/skirm combo in, I killed it with axes and try to move in and pillage his cottages. Second mistake ... I go literature before math/constr ... luckily be builds a road in front of his city across the river and I see with great surprise how axe uses that road to kill a unit of mine... fuck again, he has construction and I didn't even start math. I start slaving hard some swords hoping those would hold against axe/ele combo enough before I get catas. Also my creative, henge, library front starts to win land back, but ivory is still hard to get as it is straight forward in front of his city and I planted mine 2 tiles away from it on a hill.
2. He moves in after I get catas and my ivory tile, when I was 1 turn from finishing camp on it and with an axes cata stack. I had some catas so no prob. killing that with swords. His further attempts to win that tile proved useless as I had the upper hand in army starting then ?!?!?!
Second time he fails to capitalize on his advantage.
I could have just slaved some units and kill his city I guess, but since I had better build-up and tech I just say down on my better army and went on a wonder building frenzy. He had built Great Wall so he got spy, so I went like keeping the pace with him in war techs while doing music or other shit like that in between.
I got GL ofc, HG for some nice health boost and some other shitty marble wonders (Sixtine too )
He went machinery and now is doing a nice eles/maces/crossbows stack, as opposed to my Ballista eles stack. He's built up a nice army and cought up with me in army, while I am slowly expanding in the north. Ah, we started sw and se corners of the map.
I got a scientist fast and now my cap is running horrible gnp with cottages, academy, GL and burocracy. I'm waiting on his attack relaxedly and he's more than welcome to steal guilds when I get it
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