Rhye’s and Fall of the Maya
The Mayans’ unique historic victory conditions are:
- Discover Calendar by 600 AD
- Build the Temple of Kukulkan by 900 AD
- Never lose a single city until 1745 AD
Astronomy: -40% research costs until the end of the medieval era.
Unique Building – Ballpark
Unique Unit – Holcan
The Holcan… What might be good in standard Civ 4 games (a bigger bonus against mounted units) renders it useless in Rhye’s and Fall of Civilization. The 100% bonus grant Holcans 8 combat strength against enemy knights (which still have 10!) and your main threat, Spain, will come with Conquistadors (12 strength) anyway. Furthermore your only opponent beside the Europeans are the Aztecs – so you’d rather need units with bonus against melees.
My strategy for Rhye’s and Fall Maya is different from everything described in the strategy guides below. Mainly I was playing an isolationist approach.
Here’s the summary:
- found Oaxaca next to the stone
- found a second city in a nice spot in South America, but focus on improving Oaxaca
- focus research on calendar, it is possible to get it in time with only your two cities, then head for code of laws for Chichen Itza
- wipe out the Aztecs max. 1 turn after they arrive
- dig in until 1745
I’d need to re-install the game to check which other city I founded in South America. But there’s several nice options for good cities. Maybe it was even Quito next to the Inca gold.
Anyway: With two good cities you’ll have enough commerce to focus on research and get to both calendar and code of laws. After that: Rush for feudalism, since you’ll need longbowmen to beat Rhye’s and Fall Maya.
The Aztecs spawn in turn 214, 1195 AD. They arrive with 4 Jaguar warriors (5 combat strength) and 4 archers (3 combat strength, but bonus on hills and in cities). I was able to take them down with 7 longbowmen, 3 Holkan and 1 catapult, with several units left.
After that, making the UHV basically means being nice to everyone, welcoming the Spanish, maybe even paying tribute.
The usual official strategy guides are still here: