Recently I started playing the Civilization 5 Scenario “The Fall of Rome”. As all Civ 5 Scenarios this scenarios comes with a lot of customizations and unique units and leader-abilities.
One Steam-Achievement that particularly drew my attention was “I Missed That Day in History Class” – Capture any Sassanid city as the Celts in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Emperor difficulty attempts
As I usually play scenarios on emperor difficulty I also tried this achievement on this level. And miserably failed.
First try: The land route
That meant passing the territory of the Franks. Using the unique ability of the Celts to only need 1 movement point to disembark, I conquered and razed Betuwe. I continued, embarked my troops again only to head for Duisburg right after that. I figured time was essential, so I retreated and headed east (Duisburg falling to the Franks again). I stayed closed to (but not crossed!) the Goth border until Olbia, which I razed. That was already turn 44-48. I boarded my troops and crossed the Black Sea. Unfortunately the Mongols didn’t give me a warm welcome on the east coast:
Seeing that and the fact that I had only 14 turns remaining, I abandoned this strategy.
If the land route doesn’t work, there’s only one other way to get this Steam Achievement with the Celts:
Second try: The sea route
The sea route is a much more straight-forward approach considering the unique ability of the Celts to disembark using only 1 movement point. If you place your troops next to the coast and disembark the next turn, you can have catapults (and other units) with 5 movement points! This means you disembark, move your catapult in city-range, set up for ranged attack and fire! Using this strategy, you can conquer cities without your ranged units even get damaged.
So I used this strategy, to conquer the Roman Atlantic coast of todays France and Spain and captured Caput Vada. Then I wasted time capturing the 2nd starting city and the continental city of the Vandals. Continuing east towards Carthage I realized: The Vandals had not taken the Roman-African cities! This is a major set-back for this strategy, as the Romans now still controlled the sea between Carthage and Sicily.
Conclusion: The sea route is NOT the way to go if you want to make the “I Missed That Day in History Class” Steam Achievement.
No more experiments: Settler difficulty
Using the above described strategy, but playing on settler difficulty I managed to capture 2 Sassanid cities as the Celts within the 100 turns. Here are the main milestones:
- embark all troops, pointing SW on Britain, don’t embark in range of Coriallum
- raze Coriallum ASAP (or keep it – I usually raze it as it will never produce much and has no luxury)
- Portus Namnetum should fall within 3-4 turns, attack with ranged units + 1 trireme + 1 Pictish Warrior, heal the 2 damaged units, the others embark again
- same strategy applies to Mediolanum and Brigantium, make sure your 2 catapults are always close to the city before landing – bowmen only need 1 movement point to fire, catapults need 2
- I managed to take Olisipio in turn 16. By then I had almost all cultural social policies.
- Meet the Vandals around turn 24 – your catapults can fire on Caput Vada from the Spanish side, no need to take the risk of melee attacks.
- I disembarked at Kyrene (the first Eastern Roman city) at turn 45. You can easily speed up your land units by disembarking, using the coastal road in Northern Africa for 7 tiles, and embark again! This way you can make much more of your 5 embarked movement points.
- Taking Kyrene, Alexandria and Caesarea I met the Sassanids in turn 56.
- Eager to make the Steam Achievement I took Damascus in turn 58. Unfortunately to get “I missed that day in history class” you have to take an original Sassanid city.
- No problem: There’s plenty of time left – I took Nisibis in turn 66 and even managed to take a second Sassanid city (Singara) in turn 68.
The German name of this Steam Achievement is “Geschichte hab ich geschwänzt” as you can see on this last screenshot. By now I switched both Steam and Civilization 5 language to English so the next posts will be more consistent.
I think it is possible to get this achievement on higher levels of difficulty. The Celts have another unique ability: +50% combat strengths against civilizations with more cities. So I will give this another try, maybe on prince, and: Raze all Roman cities I conquer and immediately go for the military social policies. This should give the first units +50% flanking bonus and +50% for having less cities. The Pictish Warriors get an even higher flanking bonus. It should be possible…