Custom game, playing John Adams (England) on Explorer (tougher than Pilgrim / Pioneer; there are 4 more higher levels of difficulty)
This time I chose England because they get faster recruitment, which should give me a quicker start.
I chose Adams (over Washington) because he gets 25% more Liberty Bells, which are key to my strategy.
Settings (same as blog 1)
Map: A New World (I chose this because it is supposed to be a single landmass, which allows easier access. N.B. As in Civ4, you sometimes get 2-3 large islands instead )
Size: Huge (Actually not that big - but does mean the Indians are more spread out and there’s more land to explore)
Climate: Temperate (haven’t tried anything else yet)
Sea level: Low (more land)
Era: Discovery (haven’t tried anything else yet)
Speed: Normal (haven’t tried anything else yet)
None checked (haven’t tried anything else yet)
All checked (haven’t tried anything else yet; doubt that ‘Europe’ means anything)
1492 (turn 1/ introduction)
1 Soldier and 1 Pioneer in boat (pity - I was hoping for a Veteran Soldier or a Hardy Pioneer).
Pressing F2 brings up the European Docks, where having a Seasoned Scout makes a huge difference. (The Scout can earn money from Native Villages, Burial Grounds and Ancient Ruins.)
OK - there is a Seasoned Scout, a Carpenter and a Servant. So that’s early exploration (I’ll buy the Scout asap), good production and a Missionary.