Which civ is best to use for a science victory? No civ seems to have a special ability that raises science production? The closest i can find is the Chinease with the papermill but i'm sure that just adds gold to a library.
Also are there some general tips for me to be aware of? I was going to go with a strategy of expand a fast as my happiness will allow and build tech buildings/wonders as much as my gold will allow. Is that a good strategy? Thanks
Can you stop calling her Momma, it's quite unnatural for a guy your age:- Tolten; Lost Odyssey.
Yes, but India let's you have bigger cities, since unhappiness hurts growth and makes you spend time building coliseums and whatnot. With unhappiness out of the picture, you can spend more time building more valuable buildings. Plus, as said before, population = science.
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France is actually a rather good choice. That +2 culture per-city before steam power means you can get social policies (including Rationalism) easily, even with the large empire needed for a science victory.
I found that the Egypteans worked well for me - they're great at hogging Wonders, and lots of those are beneficial to your scientific development - in one way or another. Otherwise, there's the Aztec for the jungle-bias (though it'll hurt you near the beginning), and the Floating Gardens that are MUCH better at growing your population than the Water Wheel it replaces. (+15% Food instead of +2, and extra food from Lake squares.) Stick to the rivers, and he can grow big cities faster than anyone else.
Most of it is general strategy, though. Finding a good order to the research-projects to ensure early access to research-boosting buildings and growth-enhancing technologies (like Civil Service and Fertilizer) without sacrificing too much of your other developments... and, of course, not neglecting happiness. Growing some Great Scientists would help too, but I suggest using them to create Academies instead of insta-inventing tech, unless you're in a specific situation (such as having access to a very expensive tech that would allow the construction of important buildings or wonders, or being near the end anyway.)
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