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The xbow/uhlan spam!

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Here's Navarone_Guy's guide to Germany.



I have NO idea why on earth I haven't done a guide to Germany yet, but here goes.

Objective: To pepper his army with crossbow fire and hit and run and whittle down his military and economy with long range fire, finally going for the throat with uhlans.

Crucial cards:

Age 1:
2 settler wagons
economic theory

Age 2:
9 crossbows + 2 uhlans
3 settler wagons + 2 uhlans
700 gold + 2 uhlans
700 wood + 2 uhlans
Uhlan hitpoints, + 2 uhlans
TEAM hand cavalry attack (team games or 1v1 when out of better cards)
2 caravels + 2 uhlans (water maps)

Age 3:
Cavalry combat + 3 uhlans
Fort + 3 uhlans
13 jaegers for 1000 gold
8 skirmishers + 3 uhlans
9 uhlans
TEAM 2 settler wagons (for team games of course)

Age 4:
Lipazzaner cavalry + 4 uhlans
Factory + 4 uhlans
Factory + 4 uhlans

Those are the crucial cards. You can add in others, too, especially if you're modifying the strategy.

Age 1:
Standard age 1 stuff. All vils to food, explorer scouts + gathers treasures. Make 1 or 2 houses, depending on starting wood, send 2 settler wagons as first card. Age up with 400 wood. While aging, switch your 5 settler wagons to wood. Send 1 or 2 vils up to make a forward base.

Age 2:
Throw down a barracks as fast as you can and send 9 crossbowmen. Once you get your barracks, start spamming crossbows and, whenever you get a free moment, shoot at his army or vils and run away. If you're not fighting his army, you should be looking for vils to snipe. This keeps the enemy on edge. If he is making light infantry, engage him with your crossbows and charge in your uhlans from the fog of war and panic him. Until you get more than 5 or so uhlans, this will not be very effective, as uhlans are fragile and die before they can do significant damage. If he goes cav, add in some pikemen. If he only has a few, though, just hit and run. Your third card should be 3 settler wagons + 2 uhlans. A good rule of thumb is to put all settler wagons on wood (They shoot and walk more slowly, so they're bad hunters), and all normal vils on food. It balances resources nicely. Your fourth card really depends. 700 gold if you need to make uhlans or age up, 700 food if you're going to continue to spam all crossbows. If you begin making uhlans, you may want to send uhlan HP, too. Put a lot of vils on gold, as uhlans are very gold-heavy. When you get the resources, hit the age 3 button. If on land, do 6 skirms. If on water, do the barbary corsairs and the privateer.

Age 3:
Send cavalry combat as your next card if you've begun producing uhlans by this point, or send 13 jaegers if he has heavy infantry and you have extra gold. Those guys are awesome. They can snipe vils in 5 hits, kill most heavy infantry in 3, and have 40% ranged resistance. Anyway, obviously get veteran uhlans and crossbows, and begin considering going for the throat. You could spam cannons, heavy infantry mercenaries, or continue annoying him like some sort of German fly and age to industrial. Just wing it at this point.

Age 4:
Send factories if you need artillery or lipazzaner cavalry if you have a lot of uhlans who need more power. Once you get all the cards and the industrial upgrade, your uhlans will be more powerful than imperial status. That means over 380 hp and 75 attack! If the game isn't over at this point, just keep making villagers and uhlans, throw in some cannons, etc.


Tips:

Obviously, raiding. Use your explorer to look for villagers (especially hunters), dead animals, falling trees, etc. If there's a big group of vils out in the middle of nowhere, send your uhlans to scalp them all. Otherwise, use your crossbows to pick off any villagers you find. With your high base damage and decent range, you shouldn't have a very tough time. Just watch out for his army.

Dangers: Watch out for large amounts of cavalry! Uhlans can serve as anti-cavalry due to their high base damage and crossbows are decent against cavalry, but you still need to watch out.

MICRO MICRO MICRO. The Germans can NOT stand up to other civs at all in sheer numbers of units. You need to watch your guys carefully and use your soldiers better than the other guy uses his. That's the only way you can win.

When you finally decide to go for the throat, consider heavy infantry mercenaries (landschneckt, swiss pikemen, highlanders, ronin, etc.), cannons, or sheer masses of uhlans. Uhlans have 20 base siege damage, which isn't great, but later on you can begin to spam them and they become decent at tearing down buildings.

If your uhlans come across a few heavy infantry while raiding, don't be afraid to fight! If you vastly outnumber him, you can beat his guys down with your high base attack and continue raiding with minimal casualties.

I'll elaborate on how to effectively destroy massed light infantry, which most players do. (Russians, French, British, Aztecs, etc.) Send your crossbowmen into them and start trading blows. With your high base damage, you should hold your own. Meanwhile, send your uhlans around back in the fog of war and charge into the back of his infantry. If he has any heavy infantry, target them with all your crossbow fire. This way, his guys are pinned. Do they run into your crossbows away from the uhlans or into the uhlans away from the crossbows? Either way they die.

Anyway, I hope this helped! It should be a pretty good strategy, as it got me to where I am using the commonly accepted weakest civ in the game. Remember, have fun with this! If you only care about winning, go play Iroquois or China or something. :D

Good luck playing the most terrible but fun civ in the game!
Last edited by Navarone_Guy on Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: The X Uhlanbow 2000

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thx Nav :)
it's a common strat for germany, but prob the best out there!
Since the xp rate got boosted, I think their xbow spam comes close to the french one in power. Uhlans are also better now with the rr boost.

Do you use the merc boost card?

And do you have a guide for a eco-FF or the 2 TP mercantilism FF?
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Basically, that's all I do. I don't FF, since it's complete suicide.

Also, the French xbow spam can nearly double the amount of xbows they can get out.

I have my merc boost card in my deck, but I don't use it often. When I DO use it however, is when I'm on a water map with extra gold and a saloon.
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I notice you dont ever play the 5 Uhlan card. I thought I saw this in your deck. (?) What about playing the 5 Uhlans in lieu of the Xbows? I have found that it gives a faster engagement, & killing a few vils quick can not only help with an early eco edge but also keeps your opponent on edge from the git-go. Is there ever a situation that you might consider that?

Thanks for another helpful guide!!!

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No problem Beating.

About the 5 uhlan card. All German cards in age 2 give + 2 uhlans, right? Therefore, the 5 uhlan card is 3 + 2 uhlans. 3 uhlans is worth 450 resources, which is abysmal for an age 2 shipment. I keep it in my deck, but it's by no means a necessary card. I send it when I can't age up but don't have anything better to send.
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Re: The X Uhlanbow 2000

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[quote=""Navarone_Guy""]
Also, the French xbow spam can nearly double the amount of xbows they can get out.[/quote]
I don't believe that is true. How many xbows are you talking and in what time frame? Besides, you can't just ignore the Uhlans you have available. You have to compare total military population.

IMO, 7:00 is the key time that all civs can focus on for having their biggest initial army. After 7:00 your ability to continue to grow your econ depends on how well you've done in battle and whether or not you have sniped/raided or been sniped/raided yourself.

Alos, 7:00 is roughly the time when you've been able to take advantage of most of your early shipments and then have to move on to phase 2 of your plan.

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Re: The X Uhlanbow 2000

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BTW, when you create posts there is a drop down for "Topic Icon". If you create a strat for a specific civ just pick the correct civ icon. Then a moderator doesn't have to edit your post after the fact. I changed your first post to German icon.

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Re: The X Uhlanbow 2000

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Bob, all I know is that by the time I have 20 crossbows and 4 uhlans out, he has a good 40 crossbows. I can't afford 2 barracks while he can. This essentially doubles his production capability. I don't time it, though.

Also, I will change the civ things from now on. I didn't know about that. Thanks.
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Nav, I think you are completely overestimating France's ability to spam. 40 xbows is sometimes possible by 7:00 if everything works out perfectly including finding the right treasures. But I highly doubt that you only can get 20 crossbows in the same time.

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I've gone against French xbow spammers with my German xbow spam. It's not pretty... then again, I am usually incredibly unlucky so he may have gotten perfect treasures and stuff. The French economy is just vastly superior to Germans.
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