From: San Diego, Ca.
Yep, that's pretty much it. I'm finding the going suprisingly easy. I've played 3 games with these settings, (except for the AI, which for this game I set to "-" as opposed to normal) and was completely stomped by 1 or 2 dominant regimes.
I think you can see just how much influence the initial placement has in these games. It's essentially the most important thing.
We had this problem going back to AT when Zaratoughda designed a balancing scheme where the countries would have their borders adjusted until some balance of initial cites was obtained and then the game would start. When ATG came out it appeared to me that those routines in Z's mod were incorporated, but now I'm beginning to wonder. I'm wondering why there is still such imbalance introduced.
In this case, I think it's because of the immediate surroundings, possibly 20 or 30 hexes away from the capitol city. If there is too much in the immediate vicinity of the capitol, then even if those regimes are opposing you, your chances of victory are almost assured.
At least that's todays theory.
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