“The Pharaoh has decreed that a great monument be built to celebrate our recent victories over the Libyans. This monument gives most of the credit to the pharaoh, of course, but he cannot help with the construction costs or raw materials at this time. You are required to build this monument at your expense. Gather the materials where you can. The Minoans are friendly and may be of help through trade. Beware the Canaanites who may try to undermine such trade.”—In-game section
Starting conditions Edit
- Starting Age: Bronze Age
- Starting resources: 100 food, 100 wood, 100 gold, 100 stone
- Population limit: 50
- Starting units:
- Gaia units: None
- Build a Wonder.
- You can find large quantities of wood and some stone nearby on the other side of the river. A large deposit of stone is located in the far-right corner of the map. Transport villagers to the stone deposit and build a Storage Pit, and then chop the trees to get to the stone.
- Gold is located in the far west corner of the map, but it is heavily defended and may not be worth the risk. Docks (for trading) are located to the southeast. Build fishing boats to fish for food you can then trade for gold. You may want to save your stone and wood because you need them to build the Wonder.
- Build up your defenses early—you will probably be attacked quickly. Create a small infantry to defend against troops landing on your shores, and build a small armada to defend against enemy ships.
- You may want to build a smaller base (a Town Center and a few villagers) on the island with the stone deposit to make resource collection more efficient.
- Egyptians (Egyptians): The player starts with a base in the northern corner of the map. There ist no gold and almost no stone available there.
- Canaanites (Hittites, Phoenicians in the Definitive Edition): The Canaanites are situated west of the player in a small island at the lower left hand corner of the mini map. They are heavily fortified and are a major threat to the player.
- Minoans (Minoans): The Minoans possess a small trading town on a tiny island situated southeast from the player. They are ideal candidates to trade with since it requires little resources to protect the trade routes.
- Hittites/Canaanites (Babylonians, Phoenicians in the Definitive Edition): The Hittites inhabit an island directly south from the player. They are not much of a nuisance, but it may be essential to weaken their military position in order secure the trade route with the Minoans to the east.
Since the only way to gather the required gold is through trade, a strong navy to protect it is essential. There is plenty of Wood near the base, and an island at the eastern edge of the map has Stone Mines. Farm, hunt and fish until there's enough Food to reach the next Age, and start building the wonder.
Don't waste time attacking the red base to the west; they're well fortified, and the player doesn't need to defeat them to win. To destroy the red base to the west and then mining the gold there (so as to end the game even faster), building a moderate size navy would suffice. Destroying the red base instead of trading for gold also has another advantage, which is not having to keep watching out for attacks from them and no need to build an army for protection. The disadvantage is that the player will have to be very fast in building up the navy at the start of the game, or their base may be easily overrun.
Upgrade to War Galley and build at least six or more of them, build a Light Transport and prepare two villagers. Ferry the villagers to the small island beside the red base for the purpose of repairing the War Galleys. Escort them with the War Galleys.
Use the War Galleys to take out all the enemy ships, watchtowers and then finally the docks. Docks are last because watchtowers and enemy ships can attack the player's ships, but docks can't. Although they can produce enemy ships, there will be a short delay. Be sure to take out all the enemy repairmen or the attacks will be in vain. Constantly check and send the damaged ships for repair at the nearby island where the two villagers are, so as to minimize losses. While attacking, prepare a couple of spare War Galleys to replace any casualties. There's only a couple of priests and stone throwers, so be sure to take them out as quickly as possible. After all the watchtowers and docks are destroyed, the rest are swift and easy pickings.
- If the Minoans declare war on the player (Egyptians) it is suggested to ally with the Hitties (Or vice versa, if the Hitties declare war), however this is not suggested due to how close they are.
Historical notes Edit
“The Egyptians were great monument builders, constructing a variety of temples, tombs, obelisks, and statues throughout their long history. Because they built in stone, a large proportion of their monuments survives today. Piles of dirt are the main remnants of equally substantial mud brick structures built in Mesopotamia, for example. The Pyramids are the best known monuments of ancient times and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that survives.
The list of seven ancient wonders was drawn up by Greeks so structures from their culture understandably dominate the list. The Greek monuments on the list were the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Zeus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse at Pharos. The other two non-Greek monuments on the list were the Walls and the Hanging Gardens at Babylon. Notable exclusions from the list were the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, the Sphinx, Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem, the Museion (museum) and great library at Alexandria, the palace of Darius at Persepolis (never completed), the Roman Coliseum, the palace at Nimrud, the ziggurat (temple) at Ur, and the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis at Athens.”—In-game section
Historical outcome Edit
“The Egyptians were the most impressive monument builders of the ancient age. They built in stone massively and amazingly for thousands of year, at first with tools made only of wood, stone, and copper. The most famous architectural wonders of ancient Egypt, the Pyramids, were built between 2700 and 2500 BC. They were over 2000 years old when visited by the Greek historian Herodotus in the middle 5th century BC.
A fantastic trove of ancient Egyptian monuments and other historic structures survive today. Inscriptions on these structures and extensive archaeological excavation have revealed more about this part of the ancient world than any other location.”—In-game section
- It is unknown why the Canaanites are not represented by the Phoenicians and the Hittites by themselves.