You might have remembered some of the comments I made about water wars and some games with good examples of how to fight water. Well this games shows that sometimes experience is the best teacher. Enjoy and feel free to comment. Coke
By the late archaic age it became apparent that Capt_Cook was a somewhat weaker player with several questionable civilian unit movements that put his economy slightly behind Smurfing_456's, I would say maybe about 10% to 15% behind. I will list several of these minor mistakes here: 1) ignored food production in the beginning for just a tad bit longer than necessary even for a sea map; 2) when ran out of food stopped town center production until realized that he could make dwarves; 3) putting couple dwarves on cutting trees for a minute or so, which one should never do unless playing Thor; 4) didn't make the 2nd ox cart soon enough to enhance production; 5) didn't make the 2nd house soon enough. Smurf_456 on the other hand had proven to be at least more practiced here. For example, starting a house but not building it, instead he built the dock first, knowing when finished the Ulfsark would continue building the house. These little details of well practiced handling are signs of an expert. The cumulative effect of all these is that Smurf_456 was able to advance to classic age before Capt_Cook was able to. The strategic mistake of going for sea instead of ground on this map is obvious, but even if Capt_Cook chose ground forces here I doubt he could've turned the tide around. By that time the ground force disparity was already too significant. Instead of two more longhouses Capt_Cook had built 2 more docks. There was no coming back at that point. By the way, Smurf_456 was lucky to have recovered a very useful relic, it could've made a little bit difference (around 5%) if the two players were employing similar strategies at the same level of expertise. As it was, it just put Smurf_456 further ahead in the game. Just out of curiosity, who was Capt_Cook and who was Smurf?
[Edited on 05/27/03 @ 04:16 AM]
Posted on 05/29/03 @ 07:53 PM
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This game was an okay game, average. I felt that smurfing was the better player. He seemed more expierienced. Cook controlled the seas but it seemed like he forgot about his base to the left of smurfing once he hit classical. i am not a loki player but none of the players used their spy gp. It seems like a waste to me. Overall an average game.