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28 Nov 2016, 15:26

Ever wonder why you lose, why your opponent is better, how to improve your gameplay? Ask yourself if you do/use/follow these things in your game and you will find the answer.
This mini-guide will be useful for new treaty players.

1. STANDARD DECK is your first step of your gameplay practice. Each card should serve you in long term for economic and military benefit.
1.1 CARD ORDER is critical, having a good deck does not guarantee you a straight win. It’s very important to send cards in proper order (don’t just send them randomly). For economy, follow the boom guide, for military, send the most powerful cards first [training card, advanced arsenal] then send cards for unit you use the most.
2. CONSTANT VILLAGER TRAINING is the foundation of your economy. Never stop training villager, unless you are aging in Town Center with Europe and The WarChief civ. Asian civs still can produce villagers when they are aging with wonder. More villagers lead to more resource gathered=better economy. As soon as the game begins, collect your food crates quickly to queue the first villager and always keep enough villagers on food to queue villagers non-stop until you max your villager limit.
3. IDLE VILLAGER is bad for your eco. When they are not working, you are not gaining resource. Please use the idle villager hotkey and the shift key to manage idle villager. The shift key allows you to queue multiple commands so your villager keeps working when it has finished a command.
4. EXPLORE around your base and later full map to see all available hunt/tree/mine. Use your explorer and scout unit to collect treasure and herdable [cow, yak, llama, buffalo] for your boom. Don't stop scouting the enemy to know his base layout/his first army. These are essential info to build your strategy.
5. HERD animal toward your town center will lessen the time they have to walk to gather food. Send a villager farther than the animal and shoot once to make them run toward your town center, repeat after 10 seconds.
6. NATURAL RESOURCES like animal and mine should be utilized until Age V unless the map has little of them. Natural resources start with higher gather rate than of mill/plantation without improvements/upgrade cards. For example: food gather rate for animal hunting starts at 0.84 but for mill it's 0.67 plus you obviously have to cut extra 400 wood for that mill [wood is an expensive resource since gather rate for tree starts only at 0.5]. Also note that berry bush gather rate starts at 0.67 so it's slower than animal hunting [all civilizations but Japan can hunt].
7. MARKET UPGRADE as early as possible before sending villagers for that particular resource [Exception - Otto]. Market upgrades costs little resources compared to mill/plantation upgrade but boosts the villagers a lot in gathering natural resources.
8. HOUSING needs to be kept optimal - more house than your population need is waste of woodcutting time, less house will halt your villager production [there is no need to spam all the houses right away except for Brits and Japan]. You always start with enough wood to build a house in Age I. After that, keep an eye on your population limit and build house as needed. You should build all houses with British and Japanese in AGE I.
9. 2 EXTRA TOWN CENTERS is powerful tool in multiplying your villager production speed, you need to prepare wood while aging from Age II to Age III to build 2 extra Town Centers in Age III and start to pump out 3 villagers at a time until you max them.
10. RESOURCE RATIO should base on your need. Check your Age cost and gather resouce accordingly. If you are going Age IV that requires 2000 food 1200 gold, collecting 1000 extra wood is completely unnecessary. Don't chop more wood than you need!!! Particularly BEFORE Age V. You should have JUST enough wood to make Market/Upgrades/Town Centers and Houses...All wood must be cut as they are needed...Not in advance of 5-10 minutes and especially don't chop wood in Colonial Age that will be used for Mills in Imperial Age. After age V, check your main unit cost and gather resource accordingly [for example: German needs a lot of villagers on gold while China needs villagers on food/wood] - exception for this is some civs with different boom strategy [French/India/Iro food trade, Otto wood trade...]
11. IMPERIAL UPGRADES boost 50% gather rate and this is why going to Age V Imperial early gives you a much better score. But always try to send the upgrades for resource that most of your villagers are gathering (suppose 60-70 villagers on wood so try to research the Imperial wood upgrade first ).
12. FACTORY should be upgraded and put on wood [unless you are Ottoman/Dutch/Brits and using wood trade or you run out of other resource and need emergency food/gold supply]. For European civilization, wood has the lowest gather rate of all resources at the time you get factory and wood is usually the most limited resource [factory is your only wood supply on map with scarce tree]. The default gather rate for wood is 0.5 per villager per second, after all the market upgrades is 0.8. Therefore an upgraded factory is equivalent to more than 12 unupgraded settlers or about 9 upgraded settlers for wood generation.
13. UPGRADE MILL/PLANTATION before you send villagers to work on them, not 10 or 15 minutes after.
14. ARSENAL UPGRADE both the normal and advanced, makes your units much stronger. In an equally skilled player’s game this can be a key factor.
15. TRAINING CARDS for infantry/cavalry/artillery, will help a lot during the first stage of fighting because you can replace your unit faster and have better map control. Try to send at least 1 of them before the treaty ends. Also don't forget to upgrade fast training for infantry/cavalry in Church.
16. COMBO [mix] different units in your army. Spamming one unit, even if that unit is your favorite one [gendarme, musketeer, mortar...] will make it easy for your enemy to counter/kill them. [For effective combo of each civ please read Treaty Guides].
17.UNIT UPGRADE only for the units you would use in your best combo [for example: Missionaries/Rod/Lancer/Skirm/Culverin/Horse Artillery/Mortar for Spain]. Don't waste your precious resource on upgrading useless archer or pike or cannon.
18. FIRST ARMY is very important. Scout and find out what your enemy has in store for you. For a powerful start, always try to make full army 200/200 THEN send church army and minutemen for overpop (>200 unit). Bring sufficient villagers to make forward base and wall. If there are native posts on map, keep your explorer near them to build fast.
19. UNIT COUNTER is your main way to victory. Because you obviously can't win if you think spamming more op archer would kill the enemy hussar. [for more info please check Unit Counter section]
20. USE ARTILLERY. This is what makes you win in most high-lvl games, artillery micro. ^^. Artillery delivers greater damage than normal unit. Protect your artillery well because they cost a lot of resource (100 wood and 500 gold for a piece of horse art). Put some anti-cav unit (dragoon/musk) in defense/stand ground mode around them, wall sides and front, always have at least 4 culverins ready to kill enemy's artillery.
21. FORWARD BASE AND WALL aggressively [barrack, stable, artillery foundry] to gain map control and encircle the enemy while make it more difficult for the enemy to attack you. This is fully map/civ/strat dependent. If you are draining your opponent, it's much easier to sit away somewhere behind a few walls, rather than pushing hard.
22. MAX VILLAGER through out the game all the time [except for German]. Queue up your villagers if they are killed when being out building base and wall or if the enemy sneaked into your eco.
23. MAX MILITARY through out the fight all the time, always 200/200. Queue up your military from different barracks/stables/artillery foundry. Use hotkeys.
24. IDLE MILITARY is bad for your fight. Please use the idle military hotkey. It doesn't help if there are 10 hussars 15 skirms standing on the left while you are fighting on the right.
25. NATIVE is useful with their eco/military tech and no pop army. If there are native post on map, customize your deck for natives. Have the cards for cheap natives and use native hp and attack cards if available. Upgrade native hp/attack in Capitol and the native post itself. [For more info please check the Durokan's Native Guide in User-Created Section]
26. HOT KEY learning/customizing can give you more effective control of your economy and army. If you are using natives you should gather more wood.
27. ATTACK MOVE with small group of range infantry/ range cavalry can give you more kills, select your units and press Z + right click on the enemy's army (the Attack Move hotkey can be customized in Options/Hotkey/Command Hotkey). It doesn't work with longbow man or large groups of hand cavalry, they just act weird or having pathing problem.
28. SHIFT CLICK to multi-task your unit: select your explorer, shift click around the map to explore many places, shift click 2 of your culverin on multiple cannons/mortars so they auto kill them all.
28. HALBERDIER is rarely a good idea. Maybe sparingly with Dutch, but other than that they shouldn't be used. Musketeer mixed with dragoon/cav archer does a much better job against hand cavalry.
30. TRADING POST is an op source of xp or resource [after upgrade]. Best to occupy it fast for your benefit and prevent your enemy to take advantage of it. Always put trade posts on resources if you have sent all your cards, even if you still have an infinite card. The XP is not really significant compared to the XP you get from creating/killing units
31. UNIT TACTICS can be excellent sometimes. Ranged infantry [skirm, musk...] in stagger mode can avoid the splash damage when you are under heavy artillery fire. Japan Daimyo/Shogun or India Monk in Stand Ground mode won't run around like crazy and die too fast. Siege box [Russian Opri, French Gendarme, German Dop, Japan Hatamoto/Samurai, Aztecs Skull Knight, Sioux Dog Soldier] is made by putting [up to 49] hand infantry/cavalry heavy siege unit [Opri, Gendarme, Samurai...] and 1 ranged infantry/cavalry [Cav Archer, Dragoon, Monk Explorer...] unit in defend mode and move them together. To break the box, kill the center unit.
32. SPIES in Capitol usually have high price tag that can hurt your eco. Avoid them in most case unless you have upper hand in the eco score and got cheap offer [like 5k/6k gold]. Note: If you get spies from capitol you will be able to see even foundations of enemy buildings (including walls), so, if your opponent places "foundations" for his walls everywhere, you wont be able to build there until you destroy foundations of his walls. You can get your own "free" spies by scouting the map constantly, especially before the enemy starts walling to know their basic home base layout. After the treaty ends, your forward wall can offer extra line of sight so you know what is happening around the map.
33. TEAM TACTIC is something you can have tons of fun experiment with your friends. Take advantage of your teammate Furtrade card [French/India/Iroquois]...to save your plantation cards for military upgrade cards. If you are using China, an Ottoman partner with Sublime Porte card [food to wood trade], would take good care for your wood need and the Team Engineering card of China will make French/Portuguese/Ottoman even more powerful with their fastest artillery training.
34. LEARN TERMINOLOGY. It will speed up your learning of new strategies and will just make it easier for you to communicate with other players. Some of the termins that will be useful when reading treaty guides are: RE=RE Patch=The latest official TAD patch that most players play on. FP=TP=TreatyPatch=Patch created by treaty community to balance treaty gameplay. Most good players play treaty on this patch. Eco=Economy. Skirm=Skirmisher. Musk=Musketeer. Hus=Hussar. Goon=Dragoon. Art=Artillery. Culv=Culverin. TC=TownCenter. Ashi=Ashugaru Musketeer.
35. USE EXPLORER. Always use your explorer in the fight. Put your explorer at the back of enemy's army (unless you are India/Iro) to tank as much damage as possible. Ransom your explorer as often as you can. Use their special ability to kill a unit in 1 shot, especially such expensive units as Mahout, Howdah, WarWagon, Hussar, Dragoon and Hatamoto.
36. TOWN CENTER
*It is never a good idea to delete your 1st Town Center. Your building limit is strictly bound to your first Town Center, you will not be able to build anything anymore before the treaty ends.
*The 1st Town Center creates an area radius around the Town Center in which the enemy cannot build ANY buildings. Which is exteremly more useful than people realize. Your first town center will keep your enemy from advancing his forward bases past your 1st tc's radial area. Once the 1st tc is destroyed, the enemy has freedom to build barracks, stables, etc. directly inside your base and that basically means game over. You can also use this to your advantage by destroying your enemy 1st Town Center so you can build freely near his base.
*You can build your other Town Centers far from your 1st Town Center but near fresh hunt or mine so your newly created villagers don't have to walk too far to gather resouce.
*When you decide to delete a Town Center for any reason make sure its your 2nd or 3rd town center, not the 1st.
*If your game is started in Nomad mode, it's usually best to put down your Town Center right where you are to avoid wasting time. Exception: your starting point is next to Trade Route/Native Post or a big cliff that can divide/obstruct your base, in this case you should move the TC wagon to another place for bigger space, but the new spot should be next to a hunt [animal] so you can save villager walking time.
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01 Dec 2016, 09:07

Great write-up. I love how treaty is getting a bit more organised and welcome to new players this way.

I want to add a few things.

3) The shift key allows you to queue multiple commands so your villager keeps working when it has finished a command
25) If there are natives you should gather more wood (if possible by trade etc) then if you are playing without natives
30) Always put trade posts on resources if you have sent all your cards, even if you still have an infinite card. The XP is not really significant compared to the XP you get from creating/killing units
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01 Dec 2016, 09:23

Just some things
22) Max Vills are a good bonus, but if you have a higher score than your opponent (because ur countering his butt off) Then delete some vills. More military pop will help defeat him even more and you can field more artillery. China also should by default delete some vills as they need more military pop. (If you can't afford to delete China vills, then re-consider your boom).

21) This is fully map/civ/strat dependent. If you are draining your opponent, it's much easier to sit away somewhere behind a few walls, rather than pushing hard.

28) It depends on what you use them more. They are useful as meat shields, and you can use them as cav traps around your guns to stop them dying easily. Dutch halbs are just on steroids. Pretty much 1 pop dopps. Because if you are dutch you will have way more cannon anyway, you should have a few around them. If you are Russia tho, then (don't use an OP civ omg) consider not using them at all.

12) Factories should be put on coin if you are Dutch. They can be put on anything if you are British, and I think Otto have wood trade as well. You are more likely if you have done it right to run out of other resources.

8) and Jap, don't forget Jap.

Good post though, it makes me so frustrated when people say they are good, but don't know this. Thank you :)
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01 Dec 2016, 13:27

Great write-up! Keep up the good work, it's a very high-quality content!
Although I wouldn't necessarily agree that factories should always be set to generate wood. Some civs don't need that much of it, especially if you don't have nats, and thus your later on you may switch to a different one.
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01 Dec 2016, 13:28

I could have used this a few months ago
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06 Dec 2016, 14:40

pecelot wrote:Great write-up! Keep up the good work, it's a very high-quality content!
Although I wouldn't necessarily agree that factories should always be set to generate wood. Some civs don't need that much of it, especially if you don't have nats, and thus your later on you may switch to a different one.

Villagers gather wood the slowest so it's more effectiant to have less vills on wood and more on food/coin. Of course post40 if you have too much wood switch it off
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06 Dec 2016, 16:41

+1 if you read the whole thing before realizing it was for treaty :P
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06 Dec 2016, 16:45

14. ARSENAL UPGRADE both the normal and advanced, makes your units much stronger. In an equally skilled player’s game this can be a key factor.

tbh I almost never see aa used in 1v1. Arsenal is expensive and upgrades aswell.
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06 Dec 2016, 16:51

somppukunkku wrote:14. ARSENAL UPGRADE both the normal and advanced, makes your units much stronger. In an equally skilled player’s game this can be a key factor.

tbh I almost never see aa used in 1v1. Arsenal is expensive and upgrades aswell.


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