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posted 03-13-00 16:07 ET (US)   
Well as promised, I started on Damascus. Tonight as a matter of fact.

First of all there's a nasty bit of work here, in that it's impossible to get limestone, this means you can't build any large temples or oracles. Ths results in lots of little 2x2 temples, taking up lots of space as compared to the 7x7 desert blocks.
You also have to import clay.

I started out in the lake area in the West of the map, ignoring the natives for the time being.
(I will probably start planting missions there soon, though as export is limited to a bit of wine and furniture and local trade would bring extra money.)
Two blocks filled up quickly and were followed by a third and a fourth. Export was started as was some small arms industry.

Looking at the map, I decided to put a javelin fort in the middle and a heavy infantry at the NW gap in the rocks. Naturally the first invasion, some Egyptians wih a few poxy camels came from the NE.
My troops rushed over and were just in time to see Mars have fun at the Egyptians expense.

The second invasion, from the SE, was partially destroyed by Mars and saw my javelins take action. The legionairs showed up after a looong walk and I added some more peltasts near the map entry point.

Camels don't do well with javelins sticking out of them and the tortoise formation put up their shields, lovely to behold.

I was just in time to meet Caesars request for weapons, which expired between the two invasions.

I just started a fifth block near the entrance to start up my pottery industry. I expect to have to do some pottery import as well.

The next Distant battle just sounded.

A
ngel
J
ayhawk
Eyrie, Pharaoh Heaven, Caesar 3 Heaven

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)
Fixed typo in "Damasucs" and, no, Marcus, it isn't that bad...yet

[This message has been edited by Jayhawk (edited 03-15-2000).]

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posted 03-13-00 16:41 ET (US)     1 / 30  
Ave Jayhawk,

May you prosper as I never did in Damascus! Beware of the one invisible god I couldn't get around!


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A Glorious Death Is Always Preferred To A Mediocre Life!

posted 03-13-00 17:26 ET (US)     2 / 30  
Damascus wasn't that bad, especially if you have a healthy bank account to back it up in emergencies. I actually thought the toughest military mission was probably Cathago, and it got easier after that.... Lutetia, Damascus, and Lindum were all relatively easy. That Sarr........ whatever wasn't that bad either.

M.N.

posted 03-13-00 17:48 ET (US)     3 / 30  
Hello Angel J.

Maybe your head is still stuck in Egypt.



First of all there's a nasty bit of work here, in that it's impossible to get limestone,



No limestone in Rome. Only marble. How you are still alive in Damascus is a wonder to behold.

posted 03-13-00 18:14 ET (US)     4 / 30  
Ave folks,
Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that Marble is metamorphized Limestone. So you are both right.

Cheers,

P
roconsul
M
arcusLindicus
-----I always wanted to be someone....I guess I should have been more specific.-----

posted 03-13-00 20:13 ET (US)     5 / 30  
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marble

Part of speech: noun
Syllables: mar-ble
Pronunciation: mar bEl
Definition: 1. a crystalline limestone, found in many colors and varieties, that can be cut and polished to a hard, shiny surface.
Definition: 2. something made of this stone, such as a sculpture or other ornamental object.
Definition: 3. a very small ball, of glass or agate, used in a children's game.
Definition: 4. (pl., but used with a sing. verb) the game using such marbles, in which each player shoots with the back of the thumb in an effort to knock the other players' marbles out of a circle drawn on the ground.
Definition: 5. (slang; pl.) sanity; common sense.

Phrase: go for all the marbles
Definition: (slang) to risk a great deal hoping for a big gain.

Part of speech: adjective
Definition: made of or resembling marble.

Part of speech: transitive verb
Inflections: marbled, marbling, marbles
Definition: to color in a streaked or mottled pattern like marble.
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My bad.

posted 03-13-00 21:40 ET (US)     6 / 30  
Keep up the good work Jayhawk!! Oh yeah, I would suggest exporting marble, if you can (If I remember correctly, marble is available for export in Damascus... I could be wrong, though)
posted 03-13-00 21:56 ET (US)     7 / 30  
This looks remarkably similar to the wood cutters ...

RSC

The last 20...I can hardly wait !

posted 03-14-00 00:27 ET (US)     8 / 30  
I think Jayhawk is right that you can't make nor import marble in Damascus.... at least you're not allowed to build large temples and oracles...

M.N.

posted 03-14-00 01:44 ET (US)     9 / 30  
Ahh, Damascus... Everything went bad in my city (not as bad as in Londinium though...(-700employees when I finished the level)) Just one small piece of advice here: if you ever stay in the level many years, try not to build anything too close to the NNE part of the town (my palace block was destroyed by some indigenous native). I don't really think that would be your case though, since you finish those levels so fast.

Caecus Praetor
posted 03-14-00 05:09 ET (US)     10 / 30  
I don't think I play that fast, I still spend 20-30 years in a city, which is average to slowish for Pharaoh's cities.

And yes, marble is metamorphic limestone
I should know, havong an MSc. in Geology
Can't mine marble, can't import marble.

I don't intend to get too close to the invasion-points, not really planning for palaces either. May need to, though, maintaining a insulae housing level may be a bit hard here.

A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


posted 03-14-00 17:32 ET (US)     11 / 30  
RSC.

had to copy and paste everything from tango post.

this post is all mine though

caecus_praetor.
how come you always have this huge need for workers??? 700? Do you throw in a thousand culture buildings at the end, or is this consistent?

[This message has been edited by Fishman (edited 03-14-2000).]

posted 03-15-00 01:06 ET (US)     12 / 30  
fishman: This happened only in Londinium!!! I usually finish with no unemployment and no employees needed. At the time I started Londinium, I was only a young governor... and I had no idea of how usefull gatehouses where.

Caecus Praetor
posted 03-15-00 09:50 ET (US)     13 / 30  
Ave Jayhawk,
Glad to know I still remember somethings from my Geology studies in college. Sometimes I surprise myself, but more often I embarrass myself. But to get back to the point how is this level going? And is your spelling of the mission name in your first sentence a true typo or a Freudian slip? Damascus is my next project and I was anxious to hear how you fared. Let us know. The rest of us will try to have no more discussions about marble.

Cheers,

C
herub
M
arcusLindicus
-----I always wanted to be someone....I guess I should have been more specific.-----

[This message has been edited by Marcus Lindicus (edited 03-15-2000).]

posted 03-15-00 11:24 ET (US)     14 / 30  
I started on Crete in the ET-lympics, yesterday evening. I'll probably play that one through and then do a bit more of Damascus (I actually visited the place several years ago).
A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


posted 03-16-00 14:45 ET (US)     15 / 30  
Okay, so I spent half an hour in Damsucus (watching my spelling) and started another housing block, NW of teh large lake. Olive oil trade got started and the pottery seems to be going somewhere...
I placed a legion close to the SE invasion point.

I oblitereted a local uprising and a third invasion. where 3 legions of Egyptian swordsmen and 8 or so camels just ground to a halt on my heavy infantry while the peltasts were pounding them with javelins.

A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


posted 03-16-00 15:16 ET (US)     16 / 30  
Ave Angel Jayhawk,
Your spelling is even more offcolor now! Are you doing that on purpose? If so it is funny, but if it isn't on purpose then you definitely have some psychological issues with this province. First it was Damasucs, now it is Damsucus...hee hee. You are a card.

I can't wait to see those Egyptians!

Cheers,

C
herub
M
arcusLindicus
-----I always wanted to be someone....I guess I should have been more specific.-----

posted 03-16-00 15:32 ET (US)     17 / 30  
Could it be I have psycological problems with teh keyboard?

A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


posted 03-16-00 15:39 ET (US)     18 / 30  
Marcus:

I believe Freudian slips are confined to verbal slip ups. I'm a notorious mis-speller, & I haven't killed anyone yet! Imagine prognosticating every governor who can't spell Sarmizegethusa? Ha! ha!

The reason I have a hard time spelling is because I'm a auditory learner. In Upward Bound I took a test called the Barsch Learning Style test, which determines whether you are an auditor, visual, or tactile learner. Auditory means I learn best by listening. Visual learners learn best by seeing things. And tactile learners learn best by a hands- on approach to things. Being auiditory myself, I am at my best during lectures, and at my poorest during exams & any form of hands-on activity. My brother, on the other hand, is very tactile. In school he didn't do very well until they designed a special cirriculum for him, which allowed him to spend more time in the shop & less time behind a dest. Today, he excells in woodworking & at playing the guitar.

I have used these three learning styles to determine a person's artistic talent. If you draw a triangle with each side representing a learning style, and each point representing #1) Fine Arts, #2) Literary Arts, & #3) Music, it is possible to determine which artistic talents would come most easily to you. (Note.--Fine Arts would be where Visual & Tactile join; Literary Arts would be where Visual & Auditory join; and Music would be where Auditory & Tactile join) The Fine Arts range from visual (painting, drawing, etc) to tactile (sculpture, carpentry, etc); the Literary Arts range from visual (drama, etc) to auditory (the spoken word); and Music ranges from auditory (sound of music) to tactile (musical instruments). Myself, being auditory, I excell in both writing (or the spoken word) and music (or the sound of music). However, I do not excell in either drama or instrumental music.

If this makes sense to anyone, I'm happy to have been able to enlighten you.

Caligula

posted 04-20-00 04:26 ET (US)     19 / 30  
This seems to be a 'hot' topic again
A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 04-24-00 15:02 ET (US)     20 / 30  
For the completionists, here's the town plan.

A
ngel
J
ayhawk


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

[This message has been edited by Jayhawk (edited 08-12-2001 @ 09:47 AM).]

posted 04-24-00 15:10 ET (US)     21 / 30  
Ave Jayhawk,

Interesting set-up. For security sake, I also build walls along the southeast and across the middle between the two hilly areas. I hope that you have a very fast legion tucked in up to the northwest.



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posted 04-24-00 16:04 ET (US)     22 / 30  
Hi Grumpus
That sad red square in the West is a legion of heavy infantry, Legio I. Whenever an attack came they were just too late for mop-up duty. I was scared of an attacjk on that flank though as it was the only opening in the West.

The big red blob in the East is another heavy infantry one. These guys, Legio IV, met the brunt of all attacks.

Tucked in the center and near the South are the somewhat reduced elements of my Legios II and III, peltasts. These guys were always quick enough to draw the enemy towards Legio IV.

I dislike large walls, but there are some 4-6 towers just South of the center of the map.

Caligula, I remember a test where I seem to be maily visually oriented...

A
ngel
J
ayhawk

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 04-24-00 16:26 ET (US)     23 / 30  
Wow AJ! Other than the basic block design our cities look identical! I was amazed at the similarity, but then I guess great minds think alike, huh?
posted 04-24-00 16:30 ET (US)     24 / 30  
I found it easier to place my legions (2 cavalry and 4 javelins) in the middle of the map so they could cover all invasion points.
posted 04-24-00 17:48 ET (US)     25 / 30  
JayHawk,

how do you get so much of the small map in 1 pic?

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[Omnium harum gentium virtute praecipui Batavi non multum ex ripa]

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