Do you see this city?
This unassuming city? This peaceful town, from Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots? Bud hates this city, and here is why.
That is Lincoln, the second city built by an AI playing the British nation. Bud was Russia and Will was America, with Japan just there just because.
This is Bud’s capital, obviously.
And this was Will’s. They started just above one another, with Bud to the North. Britain, the green nation was to Bud’s east, so he took his usual aggressive style and looked to take their nearest city to boost his economy.
That city was Lincoln, just to the east of his new city, Vitebsk.
Bud wasn’t expecting a smooth ride to Lincoln but this group of archers destroyed his army in no time flat. Ok, let’s try that again.
The second strike required rebuilding his military, which was agonizingly slow.
This time Bud went to the south, looking for those archers.
Not encountering them, he poised himself to take London from below.
Here come’s Britain’s army, Bud!
Damn, that was a slaughtering. Well, third time’s the charm, right?
Oh my god, Bud took Lincoln! He has it! Now can he…
… nope. Ok Bud, that’s strike three. You’re out. Go sit down while we check on Will.
Ah. Will built the great Colossus of… Philadelphia? Ok. Sure.
He’s also squeezing Bud out as he takes over more and more of the map. Ok Bud, are you ready to try this again?
… but still no.
Time’s winding down Bud. You’ve got gunpowder now, but only 30 seconds to play with it.
The British, now comfortably in the lead, don’t even bother to fight him. The game ended on a time victory for the British with the Bud/Will team in second (thanks to Will and his huge empire) and Japan still just there, totally uninvolved.
Will had built up a massive economy, a couple wonders and was an age ahead of Bud, with over 1,500 more points then Bud. Will actually had the high score for the game and if it wasn’t for Bud’s military mishaps they might have won. Alas, Bud thought he was Alexander the Great but was more of a General Custer.