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Was browsing through the games and saw that Civ VI for the switch was 30 bucks off on amazon. I picked up a copy after putting this off for so long as I normally play the game on Steam but kinda wanted a copy for when I travel for work.

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I just got this game but I'm so intimidated to start since this is my first civ game and it looks super complicated. Do you have any tips for getting started?
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I just got this game but I'm so intimidated to start since this is my first civ game and it looks super complicated. Do you have any tips for getting started?
Well enjoy, I played my first one in my teens on an old pentium 1 pc, the classic Civ II, and I really prefer Civ V to Civ VI but they have made improvements all along the way.

As for strats, there are tons. I tend to focus on research because it will eventually get you more money, stronger armies, and if all else, it's an easy victory (considering the other options: domination or cultural). I tend to only play the AI and I've dialed my difficulty level in over the years and go up or down depending on how tricky I want it to be. I've played some multiplayer but the games take soooo long and whenever I play as a tandem with my GF she gets her butt whooped and she rage quits halfway through, so again I stick solo lol.

Some people say to never move your first settler and settle where ever you are because you lose a vital turn. Work on controlling the barbarians at the start of the game because they are always a nuisance. I tend to send my warrior out looking for camps (my first cultural bonus I take involves doing increased damage to the barbarians which makes it easier to take the camps they spawn out of. Can usually do it with just a warrior when you have that perk, otherwise you need 2 or a warrior-archer combo and I ain't got time for that shit at the start when I'm cranking scouts, workers, and settlers). My first unit is usually a scout (or two) and I have them explore for the bonus tribes that looks like yellow huts and scout out the area for expansion. The huts give you good starting bonuses like free units (settler/worker/warrior) or give you money/culture/tech. I tend to expand my first city quickly and I like to space mine out so I can give them full growth potential (ie 3 hexagons in all directions from the city itself) and that sometimes takes some planning. I'll also be a giant asshole and park a city right up to an enemy city (whether AI/player) and pay money to expand my border and cut them off from full expansion (hopefully their capital). The computer will expand willy-nilly and excessively while I try and keep mine tight with maybe a total of 5-6 cities. I focus more on keeping those cities happy and growing. At some points too many cities start to burden you more than they help you.

It's an easy game to get the basics, but there are lots of details that let you get into the finer points of the game and really adopt your own play style. Also all nations have their own respective bonuses and it's better to adopt that games strategy based on those strengths, which is why starting out it might be easier to find a nation that sounds like a play style you want and working with it first as the cultural/religious nations can be a bit hard to win with imho. I almost always play random civ though so I take what I get and go from there.

Hope that helps and hope you enjoy the game!
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Really I get a thumbs down on a solid deal? Pft, must be fans of Civ V. Hater's gonna hate. Wink
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I know this is bit off topic but if you enjoy Civilization then you might want to try FTL. I do enjoy civilization but it's such a time commitment. To me, I get the same kind of fun with FTL except that game ends usually around an hour.
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Well enjoy, I played my first one in my teens on an old pentium 1 pc, the classic Civ II, and I really prefer Civ V to Civ VI but they have made improvements all along the way.

As for strats, there are tons. I tend to focus on research because it will eventually get you more money, stronger armies, and if all else, it's an easy victory (considering the other options: domination or cultural). I tend to only play the AI and I've dialed my difficulty level in over the years and go up or down depending on how tricky I want it to be. I've played some multiplayer but the games take soooo long and whenever I play as a tandem with my GF she gets her butt whooped and she rage quits halfway through, so again I stick solo lol.

Some people say to never move your first settler and settle where ever you are because you lose a vital turn. Work on controlling the barbarians at the start of the game because they are always a nuisance. I tend to send my warrior out looking for camps (my first cultural bonus I take involves doing increased damage to the barbarians which makes it easier to take the camps they spawn out of. Can usually do it with just a warrior when you have that perk, otherwise you need 2 or a warrior-archer combo and I ain't got time for that shit at the start when I'm cranking scouts, workers, and settlers). My first unit is usually a scout (or two) and I have them explore for the bonus tribes that looks like yellow huts and scout out the area for expansion. The huts give you good starting bonuses like free units (settler/worker/warrior) or give you money/culture/tech. I tend to expand my first city quickly and I like to space mine out so I can give them full growth potential (ie 3 hexagons in all directions from the city itself) and that sometimes takes some planning. I'll also be a giant asshole and park a city right up to an enemy city (whether AI/player) and pay money to expand my border and cut them off from full expansion (hopefully their capital). The computer will expand willy-nilly and excessively while I try and keep mine tight with maybe a total of 5-6 cities. I focus more on keeping those cities happy and growing. At some points too many cities start to burden you more than they help you.

It's an easy game to get the basics, but there are lots of details that let you get into the finer points of the game and really adopt your own play style. Also all nations have their own respective bonuses and it's better to adopt that games strategy based on those strengths, which is why starting out it might be easier to find a nation that sounds like a play style you want and working with it first as the cultural/religious nations can be a bit hard to win with imho. I almost always play random civ though so I take what I get and go from there.

Hope that helps and hope you enjoy the game!
Thank you for your explanations! I will definitely give it a shot eventually, just the time commitment holding me back haha
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I would say a good way to learn is turn off barbarians so you can focus more on building. Once you have a more efficient building strategy you can take on early fights.
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I heard this game doesn't scale well with the Switch, I.e. long load times & difficulty when managing a lot of stuff.. can anyone speak to that?
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I heard this game doesn't scale well with the Switch, I.e. long load times & difficulty when managing a lot of stuff.. can anyone speak to that?
The load times are pretty long, yes, but they only occur at the start so I would say they are easy to excuse.

The way the game plays is really intuitive. I don't think you have to worry about managing a lot of stuff like in realtime strategy as you have as much time as you need to take your turn. I play the game in portable mode mostly and am able to do pretty much everything I would with a mouse.
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I know this is bit off topic but if you enjoy Civilization then you might want to try FTL. I do enjoy civilization but it's such a time commitment. To me, I get the same kind of fun with FTL except that game ends usually around an hour.
Really? Warlock 2 is like Civ, but I would never list FTL as the same kinda fun as Civ. I've put plenty of hours into in FTL I have never beaten it. I can get to the last ship but never win. I find that game super frustrating.
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I heard this game doesn't scale well with the Switch, I.e. long load times & difficulty when managing a lot of stuff.. can anyone speak to that?
The load time on a regular Civ game can be pretty long depending on the computer's build, which is the nice thing about playing it on Steam with a decked out machine. I don't think these are issues that aren't manageable really.

I'd be curious if anyone has some info on playing saved games between the two systems because I know it's possible with cloud saving but I think there are limitations based on which DLC/expansions you use in those games as they aren't all on the switch verison.
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I got this when it was 30 a week or two ago, and I have lost 2-3 games on settler difficulty, pretty substantially. I've done plenty of strategy games before, but this one is tough. I'm sure I'm just prioritizing something incorrectly, but still.
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Really? Warlock 2 is like Civ, but I would never list FTL as the same kinda fun as Civ. I've put plenty of hours into in FTL I have never beaten it. I can get to the last ship but never win. I find that game super frustrating.
Yup, I totally get that. I'd say the best similarity between Civ <-> FTL is making decision based on current situation. What things to improve the ship on and etc... What I really like about it is that you can never start the game with specific strategy and have to make real time decision. In a way, it's a lot more emotional game.. such as losing to the last boss ship or losing a skilled crew worker.. it makes you feel the pain. In Civ, you do feel the pain but not quite painful.
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I got this when it was 30 a week or two ago, and I have lost 2-3 games on settler difficulty, pretty substantially. I've done plenty of strategy games before, but this one is tough. I'm sure I'm just prioritizing something incorrectly, but still.
Keep an Archer of phalanx on your city and emphasize expansion
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Really I get a thumbs down on a solid deal? Pft, must be fans of Civ V. Hater's gonna hate. https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...ilies/wink.gif
Nice to see your matched the pettiness of those thumbs down by saying something. Stay classy, Adikos.
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