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Subject: Opening with ferrum rss

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Pierre Beri
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I was wondering if going heavy on iron early can be a viable strategy. At first sight, it looks like a mid-/late-game strategy.

Yesterday, I tried going for ferrum early and I soon realized I had to switch to aurum if I wanted it to work. I gathered a lot of ferrum in the meantime and when the time came to fight, I had some.

I ended up with a heavy gold production (+ commercium) and just my 3 inital ferrum cities.

I won the game, but I feel it was because:
- my opponent made quite obvious mistakes
- it was a long time after I developed Commercium that he did as well

So I am still not sure if early ferrum-aurum and ferrum-marmor are viable strategies.
 
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'Bernard Wingrave'
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I don't have a ton of experience with this game, but my impression is that it would be hard to do a ferrum opening and win with it. I assume that focusing on ferrum would allow you to do more attacks, but the positions of the two sides are so far apart that it takes a number of regular move actions (or the investment of gold into the two appropriate knowhows) in order to get into position for a single attack -- and then your forces are gone and need to be militiaed again and then moved back into position.
 
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Ignatius Austriacus
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It can make sense to open ferrum, esp. when you go 2nd and the other guy has opened gold. It allows you to go ferrum-gold-marmor and then hit scientia with 4 of each resource and 4 coins for moneta, a VP and an extra legion.

Production-wise moneta is essentially worth 3 cities, which makes up for you delayed colonization start. But after iron-gold-militia-duellum, you have 3 units and can found 3 cities per duellum-turn.

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Pierre Beri
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Actually by "opening with ferrum", I meant building ferrum cities very early.
 
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