Question about starting area for civilizations

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#1 Posted by darkknight9174 (240 posts) -

So, I have never played a Civ game before... obviously you start the beginning of the game with the civilization of your choice, and try to become the top civilization. However, seeing as how some civilizations that are playable are relatively new (e.g. America) how does that work? So if you start as America, you start in 4000BC. Do you start in Europe and migrate to North America? Do you start in North America.

I'm just trying to understand how it works playing as civilizations that don't come into being until later on.

So if you start as Japan for example, are you competing against America, the Incas, India, etc. even though they technically haven't come into being at a specific time?

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#2 Posted by bforrester420 (3480 posts) -

@darkknight9174: Not that you'll ever read this reply, considering you posted your question 7 months ago...

Q: Do you start in Europe and migrate to North America? Do you start in North America.

A: Your starting place will be random in relation to the map type you choose to play. While there are scenarios you can play where your civ will start at specific locations/time periods of a map(like WWII scenarios and such), the 'classic' game starts you at a random point on a map at 4000bc no matter with which leader you elected to play.

Q: So if you start as Japan for example, are you competing against America, the Incas, India, etc. even though they technically haven't come into being at a specific time?

A: You're essentially competing against every other leader in your game. You can work cooperatively with friendly civilizations (based on interactions such as trade, shared borders, etc) or you can be actively aggressive. That's one of the beauties with Civ...there are many different victory conditions.

The game doesn't so much attempt to mirror history as much as it gives you a great leader and that leader/people's dominant traits, starts you off in primitive times, and allows you to build a civilization and win in the manner that both suits your leader and your own personal style of play. If you want to win by military domination, focus on building a large civilization with a powerful military and then use it. If you want to win on culture, focus on building World Wonders (Great Pyramid, Great Wall, etc for example).