Sid Meier's Colonization
The Single Colony Strategy
ver 1.0 (5-25-99)
by Dan Simpson (email@example.com)
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There are many good ways to play Colonization, many different ways to beat it,
but this way is probably the quickest and the easiest. Why? It is very very
The Core of this strategy is simplicity. We are only going to build ONE colony,
rather than building an entire empire. As such we don't have to constantly
support an entire Colonial Empire. This makes for a quick and easy victory,
but not a lot of Money, People, and POINTS. But it is kinda fun. By the way,
this is easiest to do as Dutch or English.
Step One: Building your Colony:
This is the most important step, in that if you do this poorly, it makes the
rest of the strategy very difficult. We want to build on the ocean (if you
only have one colony and it ISN'T by the ocean, then you automatically LOSE
the revolutionary war!) in a well defensible location. That is, you have
mountains/hills/swamps immediately by your colony. Also try to be well away
from Native settlements, maybe by at least 6 squares. (not that important)
Remember that you need ORE PRODUCTION (hills, mountains, swamps w/minerals)
AND you also need LUMBER PRODUCTION in your colony.
Here are some good places to build your colony: (build on the X)
Note on the Scale: 4 dashes across and 2 dashes up/down is ONE SQUARE of land
On a "Corner" This is probably the best place to build. Try to
| get 2 Fish if you can. Also if you can find a
| corner with a mountain above and to the side of
Land | Ocean your colony, you will be sitting pretty. Your
X | Mother Country will only be able to land in 2
---------- places, which should both be at least swamps.
5 Sq. Ocean 4 Sq. Land
On an "Inlet"
| This works as well as the first idea, if only the
X | area shown is touching water. Again get the land
Land ---- by your colony and touching the water (where the
| Europeans will land) to be the Most defensible.
| Ocean 1 Sq. Ocean 8 Sq. Land
On a Small Island
---------- A 2 square island with a swamp/hill/mountain has
| Land | a great defensibility, but lacks easy access to
| | food and cash crops making it more difficult.
---------- 7 Sq. Ocean 2 Sq. Land
Step Two: Creating a well rounded Colony
This step isn't so hard. First you need to build Docks. If you have a good
forest around you, get someone to log it, and someone to build the docks. If
not then buy the wood from Europe. Then get trained fisherman onto every
ocean square that you have. If you are doing an Inlet, you won't be able to
do that and will need some farmers. You don't want to use any of your land
for food, if you have water for that purpose. While you are stocking up your
ocean production you need to develop one cash crop to sell. Only one mind
you. If you can you should also manufacture it into something more expensive,
like Cigars or Coats. Get one Elder Statesman working in your town hall, and
if you can, build a Printing Press/Newspaper. Get a stockade through Sieur de
la Salle (founding father) if you can, if not, build it as well as a Fort.
Finally build your Fortress.
Note: This is sort of a "Minimum" that you have to do, you can feel free to
do as much as you want, however.
As soon as you start getting money from your CASH CROP you will want to start
hiring soldiers from Europe. Expensive but better than your untrained troops.
Slight Alternative: If your colony turns out well enough in production, you
may want to build a college and train your own troops, build your own
guns, and raise your own horses (buy 2 from europe and let them breed.
Step Three: Fighting the War
Before you declare your independence be sure to have these things ready:
At least 50% rebel sentiment in your colony
At least 6 Veteran Dragoons in your colony
At least 3 Artillery in your colony
And of course, the more you have, the better off you will be. Artillery are
for defensive purposes ONLY. Never attack with them.
Note: The higher your difficulty level the more of those 3 things you will
want to have!
The Expeditionary Force will land, and hopefully destroy itself attacking your
well defended Colony. (if they are winning, you may want to start attacking
them a little early) Once one of their troops has been reduced to a colonist
attack them. Also attack if they start to "give up" and wander away from your
It shouldn't take all that long to wear down their forces and win the war!
Shameless Self Promotion:
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The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Ultima Underworld (keyboard commands)
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