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                               Release v2.2
                  Last Updated: May 31, 1996  15:44 GMT
             Written by: Edward Kenworthy ([email protected])


I had a hard disk crash which meant I lost version 2.1 and all the 
contributions made by people after that. If you contributed and your 
contribution is not here can you get back to me. I'm particularly 
keen to get the naval strategy someone contributed - but I can't even 
get back to them to ask because my email address book went with 
the hard disk.

This is version 2.2

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and tactics to use in the game Civilization II, by Micrprose.  In no 
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[1] Introduction
     [1-1] Foreword
     [1-2] About the unofficial Civilization II Strategy FAQ
     [1-3] Getting the unofficial Civilization II Strategy FAQ
     [1-4] Adding to the FAQ
     [1-5] Acknowledgments
     [1-6] Accurate Information
     [1-7] The format of this FAQ

-Section One-  GAME ELEMENTS
[2] The Tools Of The Trade 
     *2-1* Infantry
     [2-2] Mounted
     [2-3] Vehicles
     [2-4] Big Guns
     [2-5] Naval Units
     *2-6* Aircraft
     [2-7] Trade Units
     *2-8* Buildings
     [2-9] Terrain Improvements
     *2-10* Governments
     [2-11] Wonders of The World

 [3] Important information not in the manual
          [3-1] [blank]

-Section Two- STRATEGIES
*5* The Early Game
[6] The Mid Game
*7* The Late Game
*8* Player tips
[9] War Stories

*10* Internet resources
     [10-1] Third party programs
     [10-2] World Wide Web sites
     *10-4* Other FAQs and texts
*11* Bugs, updates, future games
     [11-1] The wishlist
     [11-2] Questions regarding Civ2 present and future
     *11-3* Update patches
     [11-4] Errors in the Civ2 manual
[12] Conclusion
*13* Revision History

CHAPTER [1]: Introduction
[1-1]: Foreword

I was rather disappointed at the lack of any sort of strategy guide or 
faq for Civ2 - so rather whine about it I decided to write my own. 
And here it is. What are my credentials ? Well I've been playing 
Civ since 4000BC (or does it just seem that way) and Civ2 ever 
since it was published (about five minutes ago). I've never scored 
over 200% (basically because I declined to use the various "cheats" 
in Civ (goody two shoes!) but did regularly score over 100% on 
Emperor. I seem to be managing similar scores in Civ 2.

If you have any new tips, comments or questions please email them 
to [email protected] Good ones will be included 
in the next version of this document - with a credit of course.  

[1-2]: About the unofficial Civilization 2 Strategy FAQ
Welcome to v2.2 of the Unofficial Civilization 2 Strategy FAQ. 
Version 2.2 is an update from v2.0 but excludes material in v2.1 
because I had a hard disk crash. See top of this faq for a plea for 

'Unofficial' means that this FAQ is not supported by Microprose. 
Civilization II is the name of the game. FAQs are 

Revision classification works something like the following. If a new 
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You may be wondering why chapter numbers are enclosed in either 
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     []: Chapters enclosed in square brackets mean that the information
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[1-2-1]: Is the FAQ related to the Official Guide to Civilisation II?

No, the Unofficial Civilization II Strategy FAQ is not related in any 
way with the Official Guide to Civilization 2 other than in topic.

Nor is the Unofficial Civ2 Strategy FAQ meant to be competition to 
the Official Guide.

[1-3]: Getting the unofficial Civ2 Strategy FAQ

[1-3-2]: via Usenet
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[1-3-3]: via Internet FTP

New releases of the Unofficial Civ II Strategy FAQ can be found at 
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[well actually nowhere yet. But if someone would care to carry it 
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New releases of the Unofficial Civ2 Strategy FAQ will be found on 
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[1-4]: Adding to the FAQ

Where you see the words [blank] or [incomplete] in this FAQ is a 
section that needs filling in. I depend heavily on contributions from 
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[1-5]: Acknowledgments

Microprose Studios for making this great game.

My wife. (Hi Angela!)

And big thanks to everyone else who sent something my way, or 
posted answers to questions in 
You are all listed next to your contributions in this FAQ!

Forgive me if I miss anyone. If for some reason I HAVE missed 
you, PLEASE send me E-mail so I can give credit where credit is 

Jim Venn {[email protected]} who has made 
contributions all over the place - rather than scatter his name all 
over the place I've listed it here as an acknowledgement.

[1-6]: Accurate Information
An attempt has been made to make the information in this FAQ as 
accurate as possible.

Harder still is verifying the correctness of every hint and tip. I 
do try hard to make sure there are no bogus entries in this FAQ, 
but, undoubtedly, one or two will probably slip by. Please let me 
know immediately if there is any information in this FAQ that you 
know is incorrect.

Also, because the game was recently released, future updates and 
add-ons may render parts of this FAQ obsolete.

[1-7]: The format of this FAQ
I have been copying the format and style of the granddaddy of all 
FAQ keepers, Hank Leukart ([email protected]) of the 
'Official' DOOM FAQ.


CHAPTER[2]: The Tools Of The Trade

This chapter contains information on the various units, buildings, 
wonders etc available for use in Civ2.

*2-1*: Foot Troops

[2-1-1]: Settlers
Settlers are replaced by Engineers with the discovery of 


[2-1-2]: Engineers

Engineers work at twice the speed of settlers - so for 
example a road across a plain is completed in 1 turn 
rather than two. They also move at a speed of 2 and can 
actually radically change terrain - for example 
mountains to hills and desert to plains !


*2-1-3*: Warrior

These are the worst combat unit in the game. Only build 
them if you’re desperate and have no better technology.

*2-1-4*: Phalanx

Best value for money in terms of defence in the early part 
of the game.  Great when used in conjuction with 
Elephants and eventually Crusaders.

Phalanxes are upgraded to Pikemen.

2-1-5]: Legion

Legions are upgraded to Musketeers.


*2-1-6*: Explorer

An extremely underrated unit. The explorer has a 
movement of 3 regardless of terrain and it ignores enemy 
zones of control.  Very useful for maneuvering combat 
troops through enemy zones of control.

If adjacent to an enemy unit just move the explorer 
forward and wait them,  move a combat unit on top of the 
explorer,  then pull the explorer back out of the front line 
reducing the risk of them being attacked. Repeat until 
troops have flowed past the enemy fortifications.

A good substitue until you've researched guerrilla warfare 
in which case partisans can be used

Explorers are never upgraded by Leonardo's Workshop. 
They also never become obsolete !

[2-1-7]: Pikemen

Pikemen have their defensive strength doubled if  they're 
attacked by mounted troops. Legions still walk all over 
them however. (Perhaps this should have been modified so 
that they receive the same bonus against non-gun powder 
infantry. Remember the Swiss ?)

Phalanxes are upgraded to this unit. Pikemen are upgraded 
to Musketeers.

*2-1-8*: Musketeer

A good defensive and reasonable offensive unit.  It's hit 
points are double that of the non-gunpowder troops so 
don't be affraid of taking on fortified pikemen.

[2-1-9]: Rifleman

On a cost/strength ratio these are probably the best 
defensive unit.

These are the final troop type that infantry are 
automatically upgraded to by Leonardo's Workshop.

[2-1-10]: Alpine Ski Troops

The major ability of Alpine Ski Troops is that they can 
travel three squares regardless of the terrain type.
 They do still take advantage of Railroads, but Roads
 have no effect.

These troops are never upgraded by Leonardo's Workshop-
nor is any other infantry type upgraded to it.

[2-1-11]: Marines

The major ability of Marines is that they can directly 
attack a city from a transport ship (what Civ2 calls an 
Amphibious assault).

These troops are never upgraded by Leonardo's Workshop 
-nor is any other infantry type upgraded to it.

*2-1-12*: Paratroopers

The computer makes extensive use of these. If you leave a 
city undefended (or all the defenders are killed) you can be 
sure there'll be one of these around ready to drop in for a 
cup of tea and a bite to eat.

Great when used in conjuction with bomber strikes across 
bodies of water that leave an enemy city defenceless. The 
computer AI seems to be particularly keen on this tactic.

These troops are never upgraded by Leonardo's Workshop-
nor is any other infantry type upgraded to it.

[2-2]: Mounted

[2-2-1]: Horsemen


[2-2-2]: Chariots

 Chariots were significantly down graded from Civ. If 
you want to go an early crusade - choose Elephants.

[2-2-3]: Elephants

[2-2-4]: Knights


[2-2-5]: Crusaders


2-2-6]: Dragoons


[2-2-7]: Cavalry

The best of the mounted troops.


[2-3]: Vehicles


[2-4]: Big Guns


[2-5]: Naval Units


*2-6*: Aircraft

2-6-1]: Fighter

Fighters are only really useful for a couple of jobs: taking 
out bombers that are hanging around and for attacking that 
spy or diplomat that's just out of reach.

Forget trying to escort bomber groups - it just don't work.

*2-6-2*: Bomber

Can be used for interdiction as it exerts a zone of control 
and grounds units are not able to attack it. Particularly 
effective if your oppent hasn't discovered flight yet.

Useful for taking out marauding stacks of enemy units.

[2-6-3]: Stealth Fighter

Calling this unit a Stealth fighter is a bit of a misnomer. A 
better name would have been Jet Fighter.

There is a rules.txt and unit.gif file that adds Jet Fighters 
Bombers between Fighter/Bomber and their Stealth 

[2-6-4]: Stealth Bomber

Useful for taking out marauding stacks of enemy units.

See comments about Stealth Fighter.


[2-6-5]: Cruise Missile

An expensive unit to use - it dies regardless of whether it  
wins. As with all air units it causes unrest in a Republican 
or Democratic city. (Remember Greenham common ?)

Useful for a quick surgical strike against a stack of  naval 
units. But not if there's an AEGIS Cruiser present (and 
you're playing a version after 1.07).


[2-6-6]: Nuclear Missile

Expensive and as with all aircraft causes unrest. Besides 
who  wants a nuclear arsenal planted in their driveway?

Here's a tip:
"I have noticed that if you build an airbase 2 hexes from 
your  city and station nukes there, the Ai does not seem to 
be able to detect them.  Wala! Missile silos."
[[email protected] (JefEri)]


[2-7]: Trade Units

[2-7-1]: General Comments


[2-7-2]: Caravan


[2-7-3]: Freight


[2-8]: Buildings

       	[2-8-1]: Palace

Important for corruption calculation. The further a city 
from the one with your Palace in - the greater the 
corruption (except at Democracy of course).

Without a capital EVERY city is treated as being the 
maximum range away !!

[2-8-1]: Temple

Reduces the number of unhappy citizens by 2. Increased 
effect with Mysitcism and double effect if you control the 

*2-8-1*: Granary

Allows you to create a food stockpile. This is  important for 
two reasons a) it gives you a buffer zone in case of famine 
and b) it halves the amount of stored food you need to build 
up to create a new citizen.

The Pyramid gives a granary in each of your cities. 
Perhaps something to with the story of Joseph and his Coat 
of Many Colours ?

Not a particularly useful improvement.  Happiness 
improvements are more valuable as the best mechanisim 
for growth is gaining We Love ? Day in your cities. But 
this of course depends on being democracy or republic.

[2-8-1]: Barracks

Barracks have two effects. Firstly all new land unit (except 
settlers, engineers, explorers, diplomats and spies) are built 
as veteran units.

Second, and the thing that makes Sun Tzu's Academy less 
valuable IMHO (because you have to build the barracks 
anyway to get this benefit) is that each turn all land units 
in a city with a barracks are healed back to full strength.

[2-8-1]: City Wall

City Walls have two effects. Firstly the defensive strenght 
of any unit attacked in the city is doubled. Bombers,Stealth  
Bombers, Howitzers and naval units ignore this effect.

City Walls also prevent the loss of population should one 
of your units inside the city be destroyed.

[2-9]: Terrain Improvements

[2-9-1]: Irrigation


[2-9-2]: Roads


[2-9-3]: Mines


[2-9-4]: Railroads

2-9-5]: Farmland

*2-10*: Governments

[2-10-1]: Republic
This is the most versatile and usually the one I stick with. 
Can punish weak civilizations while still keeping up in  
science. [[email protected] (William R. Brickles III)]

*2-10-2*: Democracy
This is purely a mind-your-own-business government. The 
best economically, but I'd rather go to war in Anarchy. 
[[email protected] (William R. Brickles III)]

The best government in terms of trade and research. With 
the assistance of happiness wonders and improvements it is 
possible to sustain periods of warfare without having to 
switch to Fundamentalism.

Additionally your cities can't be bribed when your under a 

[2-10-3]: Fundamentalism
Sure science is low but you can put Luxury at 0% and 
Science at max (I think 70%) and still grow a huge bank 
account.  War is the focus here.  I still remember the time I 
sent 20 tanks to crush the Chinese and backed them up 
with 20 more in very few turns...  Or how about that Celtic 
town I attacked with 4 nuclear warheads just for kicks? 
[[email protected] (William R. Brickles III)]

*2-10-4*: Communism
Not good for much actually, but better than primitive 
governments. [[email protected] (William R. Brickles III)]

Easily the worst of the modern governments and not 
recommended. Fundamentalism is a better platform for all 
out war.

*2-10-5*: Monarchy
I usually skip right to Republic. [[email protected] (William 
R. Brickles III)]

Important to switch to Monachy as soon as possible and all 
initial researchshould be channelled towards attaining this.

[2-10-6]: Despotism
Better than Anarchy ! [[email protected] (William R. 
Brickles III)] but don't wait for some kid to draw the sword 
out of  the stone.  Crown yourself and go Monachy as soon 
as possible.

[2-10-1]: Anarchy
It's better to hear your advisors argue than listen to the 
terrible Elvis impersonator. [[email protected] (William
R. Brickles III)]

[2-11]: Wonders of The World
**[2-11-1]**: Must Haves

 Great Library, Leonardo's Workshop, Michaelangelo's 
Chapel, Women's Suffrage, Hoover Dam, Great Wall.

[2-11-2]: Nice To Haves

King Richard's Crusade, Oracle, Copernicus's Observatory, 
Magellan's Voyage, SETI project, Eiffel Tower, Statue of 
Liberty, Cure for Cancer, United Nations.

[2-11-3]: Not Really Bothered

Pyramids,Hanging Gardens, Lighthouse, Shakespeare's 
Theatre, Marco Polo's Expedition, Apollo Project, 
Manhattan Project, Sun Tzu's Academy. 
[2-11-4]: Exceptions

This may alter slightly depending on the environment. 
For example if you have lots of small continents in your 
world the Magellan's Voyage and Lighthouse become more 

[2-11-5]: Wonder Denial

Of course by having a Wonder yourself you deny anyone 
else from having its benefits. This is particularly important 
for certain Wonders, like United Nations. It's incredibly 
frustrating to have to stop fighting because the other side 
has this Wonder ! (Or to struggle to research a technology 
only to have your enemy acquire it from his Great 

[2-11-6]: Obsolete Wonders

Be careful about the technology you choose in order to 
avoid accidentally making one of your critical Wonders 
obsolete too early. Metallurgy for Great Wall and Mobile 
Warfare for Leonardo's Workshop are the critical ones.

[2-11-7]: Specific Wonders

[2-11-7-1]: The Great Wall
If you have the Great Wall - remember to prepare 
for it's obsolescence. There's nothing quite so 
unpleasant as being attacked by another civilisation 
only to have all your cities lose their walls because 
some SOB discovers metallurgy ! 

*2-11-7-2*: Leonardo’s Workshop
A note on Leonardo's workshop. It does not 
immediately upgrade all your troops - that only 
happens when you gain a technology. So when you 
build Leonardo's workshop all your units get 
upgraded. And when you gain a new technology 
Civ2 checks to see if your units should be upgraded. 
But if you gain control of other units (except by 
building them) - for example through bribery - these 
are not upgraded until the next time you gain a 
technology advance. Another effect of being 
upgraded by Leonardo's Workshop is that any 
veteran units lose their veteran status - even if 
they're in the city with a barracks.

*2-11-7-2-1* Evolutionary Paths
[[email protected] (Bob Doolittle)]

These are some of the upgrade paths units take. Any 
further contributions gratefully accepted.

Horsemen -} Knights   -}  Dragoons -} Cavalry

Chariots -} Elephants -} Crusaders 

Settler -} Engineer (explosives needed to evolve)

Phalanx -} Pikeman -} Musketeer -} Rifleman      


CHAPTER[5]: The Early Game

[5-1]: Expand Rapidly

Build lots of cities quickly. Forget about building an army or 
garrisons and build settlers. On Emperor level this is easy because 
you don't get any discontent until your third citizen and by building 
lots of settlers you ensure you don't have cities that big. On Deity 
level it's harder because the second citizen is discontented. The 
plan here is to still build lots of settlers quickly - but take the 
occasional break to build a garrison or temple to keep the citizens 

The sole exception to this is if you find yourself on the same 
continent as another player. In which case the priority is to kill 
them as quickly possible. Do *not* build up first - they will be too 
[5-2]: Build Roads

Always build at least one road or irrigation with each settler before 
building a city. Roads are important early for the trade boost you 
get. Otherwise you'll run out of money !
Once you have 5-6 cities established begin to build roads 
connecting them - both too increase the speed of response of your 
armies and to improve trade.

[5-3]: Establish Your Borders
Seal off your continent as quickly as possible ! Along with 
destroying any other civilisations you find on your continent you 
should fortify units on its land borders as soon as possible to 
prevent others moving in and thereby giving yourself exclusive 
access to the continent. 

If you're playing in the real world then Africa is one of the 
easiest continents to achieve this in - simply fortify a unit (and 
build fortification when possible) at the Suez canal to prevent 
access to the whole of Africa. (The Americas comes a close second 
- because you have an ocean to separate you. The disadvantge is a 
lack of opportunities to trade technology with other civilisations.) 

[5-4]: Change To Monarchy
The most important early advance to get is Monarchy. Despotism is 
just too inefficient for you to get far with it. Although it is OK for 
the early turns because of the reduced maintenance you pay for 

"Get into Monarchy ASAP. Then once you have monarchy start 
irrigating the hell out of your land. At this point, pump up the 
population with a We love the ___ celebration. Boost the luxary 
rate to get all of your cities into We_Love, and let this go for a few 
years till they hit the aquaduct wall at size 8. Then reset the 
tax/science rate, build aquaducts and temples, etc, and then have 
another celebration and boost your cities to size 12. Once you 
research sewers, you can have another sale.

"Of course, to have such large cities, its necessary to have Mike's 
chappel (sp?) and other people pacifying Wows." 
[[email protected] (John Thibeault)]

[5-5]: Republic Costs
Be careful about switching to Republic too soon. If you have lots of 
settlers around (as I suggest) then you'll quickly starve them 
because of doubling of food support. It's important to build 
Michelangelo's Chapel before switching to Republic or the cost due 
to unhappiness can be great.

"I am playing on the King Level, and I recently switched from 
Monarchy to Republic.  I had a bunch of cities, ranging up to size 
14 (captured from the Babylonians), and I immediately had 
problems with famines. I did not have many cathedrals (the evil 
Yanks had built Michelangelo's Chapel), and popularity was a 
problem.  I then switched to Communism, and I am awash in food.  
During my brief stint as a Republican, I lost several engineers to 
the famine.  As a Commisar, I am building new engineers and am 
growing my population.  Long live Marx (Groucho, that 
is)!"[[email protected] (B. Alan Guthrie)]

[5-6]: Trade, Trade, Trade

With the exception of one or two critical technologies I always 
trade everything I can. This is because unless you have a 
commanding lead over all other civilisations the others will trade 
amongst themselves and you'll lose out.  Don't trade a techology 
that allows construction of Wonder you want to build. Unless it's 
for a technology that allows construction of a more important 
Wonder that you won't acquire for a while.  

[5-7]: Wonders of The World

Wonders To Build. The ones to go for are: Great Library and Great 
Wall. Some people also adivse Hanging Gardens and Colossus - but 
I wouldn't bother - there' better stuff.

The Great Library is a good wonder to build early.  You can usually 
pick up quite a few "base level" early to give your civ a 
technological edge. Additionally you'll prevent the other civ's from 
picking up easy advances off your back through denying them the 
Great Library.

The only other ancient wonder of  significant value is Colossus to 
give your science city an early boost.  Pyramids is made obsolete by 
the fact that the best strategy for growth is gaining We Love ? Days 
in your cities which Pyramids or granaries for that matter play no 
part of.

An Alternative Point of View from [email protected] (John 

"Initial WoWs to get are the Colossus, as this is a great boost for 
trade, cash and research. Then go for the Great Wall, then the 
Great Library, as a defensive measure to keep this thing out of the 
hands of the Ai civs. My latest game on Emperor level (7 civs) I 
have my capital building the Wow's, and 3 cities feeding it with 
caravans, and I have managed to just squeak by in building these 
Wow's (plus the pyramids) before the Ai civs have. It is important 
to get the Trade tech pretty early, so you can use caravans to beat 
the Ai at making WoW's. The Ai cheats by 'buying' Wows a little at 
a time each turn, and they seem to be able to generate more cash 
than the human player can. The Great Library will not help you if 
you are in the lead, but I feel that it is vital to keep this thing out of 
the hands of the AI civs.

"Another strategy concerning the Great library is to destroy it! Find 
the city that the AI has built it in, and keep attacking the city 
(without capturing it) till the city is reduced to pop 1, and then 
destroyed. No more library!  =)

"One great way to wage war while in a republic or democracy is to 
have both King Richards crusade and Shakespear in the same city. 
This city can then support quite a large army in the field. My last 
game (King,7) I had both of these in a sixe 19 city, and had an 
army of 36 Dragoons in the field, just waiting for the Ai civs to 
break those treaties!! hehe"

"Has anyone researched for the "Great Library" right away, then 
put your efforts and taxes into producing big cities, all the while 
your getting tech from the library???" 
[[email protected] (Ryan 

*5-8*:  Build a Science City

A principle founded in Civ1 and still holds true in Civ2.  Select a 
city site with good potential for trade (usually one with plenty of 
rivers and a trade special).  Concentrate your growth and trade 
efforts around this city by roading and irrigating the area.

Build a temple early and don't produce settlers from this city as you 
want the population to grow as rapidly as possible.  Look to build 
science wonders and improvements in this city to maximise 
scientific research.  ie. Colossus, Copernicus' Oberservatory,  Isaac 
Newton's College,  Library and University.  

Additionally build caravans from other cities and set up trade 
routes to the science city.  Don't underestimate the value of trade 
routes.  They can be a great source of income and research 
particularly in the mid to late game.

CHAPTER[6]: The Mid Game


[6-1]: Get Outta Here

Regularly insist that anyone you have a peace treaty with withdraws 
their troops (if they're imposing). 

[6-2]: Trust You Again ?!?

If a civilisation regularly breaks treaties never, never, ever, sign 
another one with them. They *will* break it again. (And there's a 
bug, at least in 1.06, that means you take the blame if someone 
violates a treaty with you !! Nice one MP.)

[6-3]: Wonders of The World

Wonders to aim for are: Michaelangelo's Chapel and Hoover Dam.

CHAPTER[7]: The Late Game

[7-1]: Wonders of The World

You really should be a Democracy in the late game - otherwise 
you're going to fall badly behind in production and technology. 
Fundamentalism appears to be a sound alternative but fanatics are 
not good units and technology is the only way to break the 
stalemates that can develop in the late game - and Fundamentalist 
governments lose 50% of their research (especially if it contradicts 
the Bible or Koran etc Darwin's Voyage ? Lose two technology 
advances ;)).

 Alternate points of view:
"Once you switch into a Fundamentalist gov't, stick with it to the 
end.  Granted, you loose alot of sci. but you make it back with the 
cities you capture.  The only reason you should change back to 
democracy is if you have no idea where any of the other civs 
are."[[email protected] (Jacob Daniel Walter)]

"One common approach, which works too well IMO, is to use 
Fundamentalism to destroy all but one competing civilization, and 
to reduce that last one to a single city. Then you can gently restore 
your cities (using all the cash you get from tithes, disbanding units, 
and selling your expensive coastal defenses and city walls to offset 
the cost of raising the luxury rate and buying colliseums) to prepare 
them to the switch back to democracy." [[email protected] 

"I agree that Fundamentalism is too powerful. I've had several 
games on Emperor and Deity level that I won simply by building 
lots of cities early, getting to Fundamentalism quickly, then out-
producing all the other civs and drowning them in cavalry, cannons 
and fanatics, accompanied by huge gangs of settlers to make roads 
and, later, railroads so that a cannon can be purchased outright in 
one turn, then in the next railroaded right up to an enemy city to 
attack."[[email protected] (RDClark)]

[7-2]: Defending Your Cities

Defending your cities. It makes sense to have a mix of units in your 
front line cities. I.e. two good defensive units plus one or two good 
attackers to take out those slow moving heavy hitters as they 
trundle up to your city walls. A barracks (for the healing capability) 
and of course city walls are a must.
[7-3]: Espionage

The only way that you're going to realistically win the game by 
conquest is by using diplomats and spies to incite revolts in 
opponents cities.  Obviously this won't work against Democracies - 
but that's not a problem because the computer seems to prefer 
Fundamentalism anyway.

[7-4]: Spaceward Ho!

Alternatively, concentrate on defending your territory whilst 
knocking you closest competitors and aim to win by building the 

[7-5]: Oops - silly me !

Unless you really, really have to have a city and can't bribe it (costs 
too much or it's a Democracy) do *not* send a spy in to plant a 
Nuclear device ! It can be quite embarassing for the whole world to 
declare war on you. Unless of course your a Fundamentalist regime 
and everyone expects the worst from you anyway :) (Didn't stop the 
Yanks bombing Libyan civilian centres though did it ? Perhaps 
there should be an extra qualifier to this: As long as no oil is 
involved no-one will care. ;))

[7-6] "The Vikings Launch..." AAAHHHH !

If another civilisation builds and launches their spaceship 
before your ready - don't despair. Build the maximum structure, 
minimum life support etc and maximum engines and fuel. As long 
as you pile enough resources in and weren't already too far behind, 
your spaceship will fly faster, catch up, overtake and you'll win.

(I've only been beaten to the lauunch twice. Both times by the 
Vikings. The first time I won anyway because of a bug in 1.0 which 
meant as long as you had launched a spaceship you won regardless 
of who actually got to Alpha Centauri first. The second time I won 
by using the above tactic.)

[7-7] Wonders of the World

You really should be aiming to gain the following Wonders: SETI 
project and Cure for Cancer.

Don't worry if someone else beats you to Apollo Project or 
Manhattan project because you get all the benefits anyway ! The 
only problem is if you're not ready to take advantage of these - you 
can be sure the other civilisations will be !

[7-8] M.A.D.

How to wage nuclear war. One short answer: don't. Enemy civs do 
sometimes clean up pollution - but don't count on it. If you've 
managed to build SDI in all vulnerable cities and need to then go 
ahead and try a limited surgical strike.

[7-9] Guerilla’s In the Mist

Dealing With Partisans. Guerilla Warfare really bogs the game 
down. If your opponents have this then you can probably forget 
about a quick military victory. Conversley if you have it then you're 
unlikely to be knocked out before you finish building your 

"I think I have found a strategy that helps limit those pesky 
Partisans.  Partisans only appear on empty land squares within a 
cities zone of control. If you fill up all available land squares then 
take the city you do not get any partisans.  If you can't fill all of the 
squares you can at least determine were the partisan will go.  That 
way you can kill him quicker. I like using bombers or fighters to fill 
up the squares.  With fighter I send them to the square they will 
occupy then press 'W' to have them wait.  Take the city then move 
the unit.  The computer player has placed a lot of rail around his 
cities.  With Rail you can send a land unit to occupy a square then 
Press 'W' then take the city.  You can use all of the units you have 
Waited with to take the next city."
[[email protected] (Blair Nowakowsky)]

[7-10] Broken AEGIS

The earlier versions of Civ2 had a bug in it that meant the AEGIS 
cruiser did *not* intercept attacking missiles and aircraft. This was 
fixed in 1.07.

*7-11* Global Warning
Global warming can be a killer. If it happens you all lose.

CHAPTER*8*: Player Tips

*8-1* [email protected] (Caton Little)
*8-1-1* Global Warning
Global warming appears to vanish once 15 or so cities have 
solar plants (These are *GREAT*, no recycling req'd),so 
nukes are not so annoying.

	*8-1-2* Bribery & Corruption

	Bribe settlers whenever possible. The two foods they us 
	will halt a cities growth altogether until you can 
	irrigate...but a dozen settlers from NONE will work 

	If a big empire is just asking for a pounding, but they're 
	too far away, use 3 engineers to RR one plains/grassland 
	per turn right into the heart of the enemy empire. Can you 
	say 'instant reinforcements'? Send a few units to the target 
	city (base of operations), just to see where they go, and
	build the RR on the path they use, as the GOTO algorithm 
	isn't always predictable. Always keep at least a couple of 
	units in fortified positions along the RR to stop the buggers 
	using the same trick to get you back. Always put 4 or 5 
	units in the target city, and a couple around it. By this 
	stage you should be well ahead of the computer, and 
	having them steal mobile warfare or adv. flight would be 
	most annoying. I tend to starve/poison enemy cities to 
	death (capture them at one population), they're usually 
	badly placed, and not worth the effort to maintain.

*8-2* Jukka Michelsson
	*8-2-1* The Space Race

	When you notice that you are falling - or already have 
	fallen -behind in military power and decide to win the 
	game by sending "a man into the moon" you should never 
	let the strongest power to live in peace, because they will 
	take the advantage and use all his/her cities to build space 
	ship parts. Instead, you should use your diplomatic skills to 
	arrange war between your allies and the strongest power to 
	keep him busy while you build space ships. You might 
	want to produce some military units in one or two cities 
	and give them away to your allies to keep them fighting. 

CHAPTER[9]: War Stories



CHAPTER*10*: Internet Resources
[10-1] Third party programs


[10-2] World Wide Web sites


*10-3* Other FAQs and texts

	*10-3-1*Wonder of the World

	There's a document about the Wonders available from: (note the
	missing trailing 'l' in the URL - sic).


	*10-3-2* Shareware Civ2 Strategy Guide
	Pascal Ode is co-ordinating a shareware Civ2 strategy 
	guide, those of you familiar with his Steel Panthers guide 
	will know what to expect. It'll be all original material - 
	concentrating on the strategy aspect and will be published 
	The name is : Strategies for a Deity, the un-official strategy 
	guide for Civilization II.

	Pascal uses a shareware concept called "trustware". The 
	word trustware is self explanatory: you get the *complete* 
	edition of the guide *before* sending the fee. The fee is 
	about half the price of a paper traditional strategy guide.  
	Just visit the above mentioned homepage to get more 

	As it is implied by the name, this guide is about wining 
	strategies at deity level. Whether you are a beginner or a 
	seasoned veteran, you  get wining strategies at the higher 
	level but also some good food for thoughts in order to 
	enjoy even more what we believe is the best game ever 

	Release date is June 15 1996. I'm involved with this -
	principally as the maintainer of this freeware faq which 
	seems to have received wide dispersal.

	Any contributions made to this faq may be used in the 
	shareware product Pascal is working on but will ALWAYS 
	be available FREE as part of this work as well. SO you 
	won't pay for your own effort !

CHAPTER[11]: Bugs, updates, future games
[11-1] The wishlist


[11-2] Questions regarding Civ2 present and future


*11-3* Update patches

The current patch is version 1.11, available from the civ2 home 

[11-4] Errors in the Civ2 manual

None that I’m aware of.

CHAPTER[12]: Conclusion

My best score so far is 83% on Emperor level - without cheating. 
I'm currently playing a Divinty level game and doing quite nicely ! 
Andthis is all on a version of Civ2 that still has the auto-production 
bug !

My favourite starting position used to be America - but you're just 
too isolated. So now my favourite is Zulus, default starting position 
and the real world map. Just the right balance between isolation 
and access.

CHAPTER*13*: Revision History

Having had my hard disk smoke on me 13 seems an appropriate 
number for this section.

Version 1.0     Initial Strategy Guide
Version 1.1     Added Usenet culled comments
Version 2.0     Changed the format of the guide and extended it 
Version 2.1	Published on the usenet but lost.
Version 2.2	Based on v2.0 not 2.1 as that went up in smoke.

If you have v2.1 or have contributions that were lost please re-mail 
them to me.


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