THE DOUCHE - The Dark Age Rush
Here's a strategy that can't decide whether it's
very evil or very lame. It's the Dark Age Rush, or
if you prefer, the DOUCHE - since it literally
cleans out your opponent. This little gem is
courtesy of OoC_Malice.
Basic execution is like this:
Choose Persians. Their TCs have more hit points,
which as you will see later, is an important
element of this strategy. A couple other
civilizations are potential candidates, and
those would be Britons (cheap TCs) and the
Teutons (of course).
Scout and make villagers as normal, but eat your
sheep first - you'll see why in a bit. Put only
as many villagers on food as are needed to
sustain flow - put the rest on wood. Build your
houses in such a manner to protect your wood
supply - this'll come in handy later.
Scout out your enemy's location.
Once you have found the enemy and at around 7:00
or so, send around 10 villagers over to the
enemy town. You want to arrive at his town once
you've made 25 villagers.
Delete your TC. (Yes, I said delete your TC).
Build a new TC next to your enemy's TC. Exact
distance from the enemy TC should be based on
your civilization. Teutons can be farther, but
all other civilizations should be about 6 tiles
away (2 farm widths). While you are building,
ignore your opponent's cries of "You are so
lame!" and "WTF are you doing moron?!" He is
just jealous he didn't think of it first. You
should be able to start and complete the TC
before the enemy can attack you. Once it's done
garrison your TC and destroy his. You can now
feel free to steal his farms and his sheep if
any are left, as well as the enemy boars which
might have been lured nearby.
Now, you can build a barracks and make militia to
try and disrupt his wood supply - often you can
catch an enemy without the 275 wood to make a new
TC. Alternatively, you can now try and boom, safe
in the knowledge he is probably suffering a bit
While this tactic may seem to totally worthless,
it does have shock value, especially in team games
on smaller maps or if you know your opponent likes
to lay a lot of farms. If you can catch them with
a full spread of farms, they will probably be dead
and you'll have a lot of free food.
If they like to boom, you can even kill their TC
before they are able to research the Feudal Age.
This is guaranteed to set them back a bit. In a
singles game, you can really get your enemy off
his game, because now you have control over his
town and he is on the run. If he's smart, he'll go
to your town, but then you could delete and
rebuild back in your town with your workers that
were left behind. Meanwhile he now has no easy
gold and stone.