My next game of Civilization V: Brave New World (Civ5) during my recent vacation was also a duel on a small continent map. Since my vacation time was running out, I elected for a quick game and finished all four hours of it in one sitting. Before starting I spent some time running through the various achievements possible, and one in particular caught my eye. It was well suited to a duel scenario, and if I got a favorable position on the map and an opponent that wasn’t too aggressive I might just be able to pull it off. I decided I’d go for the Bollywood achievement. As Gandhi, win a cultural victory with 3 or fewer cities in your empire.
Right off the bat I said “to hell” with the “or fewer” option. It was three cities and exactly three cities I needed. In my last game I’d founded 12 cities. If the map was anything like that, I’d need all three to compete That was for sure. I was also hoping to be somewhat isolated so I could space my cities out and maximize culture for rapid border expansion. A nice tidy triangle would be nice, and self-supporting.
What I got was the isthmus of Panama gone wild. It was like my continent had been run through a pasta machine. It was a long noodle of hills, forests and swamps. To be fair, one end was fairly flat. but my starting location wasn’t in the middle of it and I didn’t want to take a couple turns to get there. So I started my first city, Delhi, and hoped for the best. As I explored eastward, I ran into the ocean. When I went west, I continued down the same long spit of land.
I did find a nice enough place to start my second of three cities, Mumbai. Soon they were growing like the proverbial weed. However, as I continued my exploration west and south, I encountered warriors from my opponent, Harun al-Rashid. That was welcome news as al-Rashid tends to be favor non-military strategies. I would at least have a competitive chance without having to pour all my resources into defense. Soon I had my third city placed in the best remaining location and it was off to the presses – literally as the Printing Press technology greatly aids a Cultural Victory.
Here’s how things stood in 1550 AD after I’d managed to expand for quite a few year.
I immediately made an Ally of Milan. As with Venice in the previous post, I was concerned about the Arabs claiming a diplomatic victory before I could impress them enough with my culture. I also realized at about this point in the game that I’d won the initial settlement game. I’d manage to bottle up al-Rashid in a small area and forced his second city onto a small peninsula or island. That would really slow him down on the scientific and financial front. Nevertheless, I was not going to rest on my laurels.
I soon pushed out from my little noodle of a land and explored the rest of the world. I discovered the other three city-states and made allies of them. I had much gold in my coffers, and I’m not even sure why. It didn’t concentrate on wealth, I concentrated on culture and tourism. My civilization pumped out great artists and writers about every five turns it seemed. At one point I had three great artists waiting for me to finish building places to hang their art. It was crazy.
Then the first Great Prophet showed up and converted Vijayanagara and Mumbai. al-Rashid was unapologetic about it. For awhile I feared he would convert my entire civilization. Fortunately it was not long before I could found my own religion, fortify it with tenets, and faith purchase my own Great Prophets to counteract his, without having to slow down my culture building and archaeological endeavors.
Soon I had over 100 tourism, but my influence with al-Rashid’s people was actually falling. My trade routes were constantly plundered by barbarians and I’d lose the bonus. It really made a difference. So I built two frigates and sent my war elephants, who eventually became knights, out to eradicate the barbarian hordes. Not only did this secure my trade routes, but it also curried favor with the city-states and I never lost my control over them. Soon I was rapidly building influence with al-Rashid’s people. The world was such that he never again founded another city. I’m not even certain why, except perhaps the same barbarians plundering my trade routes were stopping his settlement efforts. I never did see an arabic trireme. I was winning! I was winning!
Suddenly I realized that victory was at hand. With only three cities I had managed to do very well. My coffers overflowed and I’d turned Mumbai into Hollywood. I’d completed my portmanteau.
The year after the screenshot above I won a Cultural Victory as Gandhi with three cities. I’d also secured two other achievements as well as the Bollywood achievement I was after.
As Gandhi, win a cultural victory with 3 or fewer cities in your empire.
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Strength Through Joy
Win a Cultural Victory using the Autocracy Ideology.
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Here Ends the Noble Savage
Raze 100 Barbarian camps, across any number of playthroughs.
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Live is good. Now I just need to decide what I want to achieve next. Cheers!