I just played a memorable multiplayer game.
Team 1 (both humans): an Aztec player who knows his way around the game but isn't too experienced, and 1 Roman player who bought the game a few days ago.
Team 2: a Greek (me) who is by far the most experienced of the bunch, and an English computer who was more of a hindrance than a help to me.
And a Mongol player who annoyed Team 1 at the beggining but was defeated before the middle of the game.
Anyways, I had told that I wouldn't attack anyone, to let people play, you know.
So there I was, minding my own business, plotting a sudden Victory (technological or economical or cultural) by means of Superior production in one city. My capital was at 72 production (with communism), so I figured that by then I could build a Victory Wonder in 5 turns or something.
Well, the Aztec player found it would be funny to capture one of my cities in a remote island which was very poorly defended. But I had just the contingency plan. I beelined to Combustion and Automobile, to have Tanks and Artillery, and started building Leonardo's Workshop. I switch to Communism, started building lots of cheap units which would become better when Leonardo's was complete. Build a Catapult for 20 or a cannon for 24, and in a few turns it'll be an Artillery which is supposed to cost 40. And I was moving my units towards the enemy terrotory.
I had 2 cities pumping out Artillery and Tanks (1 per turn, 2 if I accelerate), and that whole war machine moving towards the enemy. I wanted to destroy the Aztecs for the aggression they did on me, but the only way was either by sea, through a small passage blocked by the English, or through Roman territory (imagine that this map was shaped like a donut).
So, my friends are commenting on how I must be really pissed that I lost one city, and I'm sending an army to walk the desert to Rome.
And then, at one point, the Roman player is like "Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit". And the Aztec player is all "What, I can't see, fog of war and shit, what's wrong?". Now remember that each turn lasts one minute,so it's part RTS in that you have to hatch a plan and react quickly or BAM your turn is over and my tanks are ever closer.
Next turn, I conquer Rome with my Blitz Tanks. Then I build a road back to my cities. And I conquer Pompeii. Second turn, I wipe out the Roman player (he had 5 cities in all). In 2 more turns, I conquer all capitals and win a Domination Victory. This thunderous victory was made possible by the fact that all their cities were connected by roads. And that one of my Blitz Tanks had a Great General. Otherwise, I would have had to wait for my Artillery to get there (a small speed bump). Lol I had so many units that I didn't have the time to move them all in my turn.
So, I laid low but was at all times prepared to suddenly build a big army, as I had barracks in a few cities, had big cash reserves, and was technologically ahead of everybody else.
And next time, I'll keep my army better organized and at a more manageable size, so that one minute will be enough to move everyone.