Conquest of the New World – Inca Strategy
The Inca Empire existed for not much more than a century. Yet over this period of time the Incan rulers managed to create one of the biggest empires in human history. The two best known leaders, Pachacuti (for whom Machu Picchu was built most likely) and Huayna Capac ruled 25 and 32 years respectively. The brother war between Huaynas sons, Huáscar and Atahualpa, the Spanish conquest of South America and a smallpox epidemic heralded the end of the Inca Empire.
Machu Picchu, by now UNESCO World Heritage site, was built around 1450 and abandoned less than a century later. Never known to the Spanish, Machu Picchu was “rediscovered” only in 1911. The name of the Steam Achievement is a slight, but smart alteration in the name of the lost city:
Unlocked 18 Dec, 2017 @ 8:42am
Win the New World Scenario as the Incas.
German and French names of this Steam Achievement:
DE: Macho Picchu
FR: Macho Picchu
The following is a collection of experiences. For detailed strategy guides, I’d like to forward you to
Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
— Samuel Beckett
In my attempt to win on Deity difficulty with the Incas I started hundreds of games. 55 games had a decent starting position so I’ve played at least some turns (something between 5 and 15) to find out whether there’s sufficient strategic resources and luxuries in the vicinity for a decent game. The main thing however is the search for cultural city states.
Here’s some maps that I’ve played, then surrendered just to check for some basic important factors:
All these games had promising starting positions, but all lacked one or the other thing, in order of (my personal) priority:
- Starting position in North America (sometimes you don’t know that from the start)
- Not 2 and not 1 Cultural city-state
- Natives spread across different islands/continents (thus economies will be weaker -> less resistance versus Europeans, furthermore by having an easy passage to the West, there’s more coastal land to attack for the Europeans)
- No tiles that supported the Natives special improvements (Tipi, Terrace Farm) or benefits (Forests and Jungles for Iroquois and Aztecs)
Sample games on Deity difficulty
Of those nine games none was won. I’d even say none was winnable. Having spent about one month only playing the Incas I decided to do something radical:
Achieving Macho Picchu on Settler Difficulty
From here on this guide follows the best practices of all Native American civilizations. Of course on this level the strategies that work on Deity make for overwhelming dominance on Settler!
In a nutshell: Rush for Horsemen of the Plains. As usually Cultured City-States are of tremendous help. Then crush the nearest fellow Native civilizations, conquer the European colonies to crush their economy and victory is yours.
Macho Picchu – Conclusion
The frustration of over weeks NOT making this achievement on Deity difficulty was overwhelming. However: Dominating the “New World” as one of the Natives like this made up for the frustration quite well. Conquest of the New World is a tough scenario and the Inca will remain the only civ I didn’t win on Deity. The settler score of ~8900 VP is crazy!
Did you make it on Deity with the Inca? Other comments, or feedback? Please leave them below! 🙂