A game I played against the ai. I just want some advice on how I could do better. I'm pretty new to the game (actually I played it several years ago, but I mostly just goofed around with cheats and scenario editor).
Nice game. I think you're being humble about your "newness". You were very focused, organized and in control the whole time. I don't really have any advice to give you about improving against the computer AI. Your good economy, fast castle time and early disruption of the enemy economy led you to your inevitable win.
The only thing I thought you might have done is send a few more eagle warriors out to support your plumed archers against siege weapons. The focus on ranged attack worked well but if you were playing against a human, they might have exploited that by coming at you with massed elite skirmishers. That being said, you did train and upgrade your EWs so you would have been able to respond to that too.
If you're really looking to raise the level of your game, I'd say keep playing like you do now so you can do what you do without even thinking. Then you can start mixing in some things that the real pros do like continual scouting late into the game. I find the Hard computer opponent quite a challenge because it never gets flustered and keeps the pressure on without faltering. Humans are trickier in that they'll rush you in the feudal age and try to knock you off balance. In some ways they're weaker though because they can't pay attention everywhere at once like the computer can. When playing them, keep in mind that they're likely to attack you early and at varied places to throw your attention off.
I'm not quite going to recommend building walls or organizing your houses as makeshift blockades to your wood choppers as some pros can do. It may be optimal but it also disrupts the great organization you seem to have. Only when you get to the point of hot keying your research and production buildings and are able to manage economy and military easily would I start to try that.
I'm sure there are points to improve on but I've been playing over a year and you seem to have it down better than I do so I'll let someone else give you advice. They'll probably talk about building a second lumber camp and keeping them closer to wood or whatever but sometimes spreading your attention too thin hurts a lot more than the marginal gains attainable by those little things.
I just started being able to play online via GameRanger and it can be a blast. If that's an option for you, you should play with the forumers during the weekend warrior parties on the weekends. There's no real pressure and they're almost too informal but it's a great chance to play with people who've been at this a lot longer and have learned some tricks along the way. I'm not that good but if I see you on I'd be happy to play a game.
Posted on 04/05/09 @ 03:41 PM
so.. ur mill too far, building ordering realy bad. too late boars. and must do 2 lumber camps, u get back 100 wood in 1,5 minute. ur boom, if it was boom, realy bad, u had 70 pop in 30th minute with mayans. u can get 150 pop easly with mayans in 30th minute, u must do like 5 Tc and spam vills. ofcourse rebuild lumber camps closer. u did ur ferms before u research horse collar - bad idea. i would use deers too, cause deers is fastest food. like 135*3 or 4 and u need just invest 100 wood, its pay of. and if u play vs pc u can get boar with scout, save villager time. when u have 50 vills do wheelbarrow, and as soon posible do 2nd too... could write more....