If you ask me, we’re rickety contraptions designed to hunt, gather and die early of preventable diseases, and that society stuff started going downhill when we got into farming. When we were young, healthy, and nomads, roaming the steppes and plains? Those were our glory days. At least we can relive them via a recent video from a streamer named Boesthius who contributed to Civilization 6.no solution: dominance challenge (opens in new tab)“Winning a Civ match without founding your own cities.
That’s impossible for me, but boesthius decided to make life harder for himself by adding a few more rules. Aside from never settling cities, he also couldn’t capture more than three cities from each of his AI opponents, and he couldn’t produce any units other than civilian units (like builders and merchants) and siege units (like battering rams and siege towers) , meaning he would have to enlist enemy gang units into his service. He also played in zombie mode because hey, why not?
And with that, he went to the races on a little Pangea map and played as Unifier Qin Shi Huang. Thematically, however, it would have been more appropriate to play Genghis Khan, as Boesthius soon maneuvered himself into position as the leader of a roving horde of archers, swordsmen, and the hungry, hungry undead. Boesthius used Huang’s Thirty-Six Stratagems ability to quickly assemble an army of converted barbarians and have his zombies spawn exponentially more of themselves by munching on his enemies.
The whole video is worth watching. Boesthius made the challenge look easy but it really wasn’t, it required speed, game knowledge and more than just a bit of luck. It was so impressive, in fact, that the official Civ 6 YouTube account even commented under the video, “Okay, I won’t lie, that was extremely impressive,” while the rest of the comments evenly divided between astonishment at Boesthius’ performance and Horror at his apparent masochism. In the video’s intro, we see clips of some of his previous attempts at an even tougher version of this challenge, all of which ended in ignominious defeat rather than glorious triumph.
So there you have it, apparently it’s entirely possible to win a Civilization game without all that pesky “city-building” nonsense. All you need is a Chinese emperor, some accessible barbarians, a horde of undead and a dream.
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