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  1. I understand what you are saying, but why is it that the AI has more income and is more efficient at bartering? "You don't really need a third player for trading." I was just hypothesizing, there are only two players, myself and the AI. Thanks for those suggestions. When the games starts, I was going for all three in a balanced approach. I will revise to focus on wood/food. The wood/stone/metal. Technically, any second market that I would build is in the middle of nowhere. No surrounding village. I guess, the markets trade with phantom entities?
  2. When the game ends 0 A.D. displays the closing statistics. There is a tab for "market", which shows data such as income and barter efficiency as two examples. I noted that my income has been $0 and my barter efficiency if very low at 18%. The AI had substantial income and a high barter efficiency rate. I ran across a Reddit which stated that you need to build two markets and trade between them. (As in next to each other?) Is that correct? Since I'm playing "single player" against the AI, I was curious as how trade worked, since it would seem to require a "third" player?
  3. Correct, paused the game several times. I had already been playing for several hours. Time to move-on to the tedium of everyday life.
  4. Playing the Athenians, finally got a stalemate. Successfully killed elephants. End score favored the AI, but they were not able to get inside my defenses. I was slowly expanding my controlled territory. Called it quits when the dinner bell rang.
  5. LOL. I'm just being stubborn. Want to find the utopian "road" to success. Anyway, its part of the learning experience.
  6. You have identified the appropriate uses for elephants: "breaking enemy morale and stampeding through otherwise immovable infantry blocks." I've been trying to produce Athenian Cavalry Javelineer, but have been having resource shortages. I also believe that I may also be under-utilizing the Athenian Slinger Militia. Gate smashing looks to be an appropriate use. Nevertheless, it should not be easy for the elephants. Elephants would not be "rendered useless", assuming that I understand what you said correctly. Elephants, in game-play, would remain very effective at destroying buildings and disrupting infantry/cavalry formations.
  7. Still getting clobbered at the easy level. The nemesis still being the elephants. Stone walls seem to be too weak when attacked by elephants. Historically, have elephants been successful in breaching stone defensive walls? I'm undecided about the appropriateness of the strength of stone towers and gates when attacked by elephants. I don't have a problem with the appropriateness of strength concerning buildings, such as barracks, when attacked by an elephant since they would be pretty flimsy. I would like to suggest that the defense factor of stone structures (specifically walls) versus elephants be increased.
  8. In reviewing the manual unit list and Unit Summary Table; I did not see any (Athenian) particular unit being described as effective in combating elephants. I've been playing the Athenians, so I'm interested in learning more from their point-of-view. For example: Pezhetairos are listed as being -> "Good vs Cavalry and Infantry, .. " Which also raises the question: Are elephants in the "cavalry" category? Interesting from the Fadom Wiki page: "Hoplites Athenaikos (Athenian Hoplite) [50 f, 50 w, 1 pop, 10 sec]: Melee infantry unit. Deals triple damage against cavalry units." (emphasis added) Also: "Epilektos (City Guard) [100 f, 100 w, 50 m, 1 pop, 13 sec]: Champion melee infantry unit. Deals triple damage against cavalry units." (emphasis added) Besides the units themselves, what technological advances would be best against elephants?
  9. Start with this website first: 0 A.D. Alpha 25 Released! Implement Single Player Campaigns [Ubuntu PPA] Skip the click-bait text "Start Download". Look for the text string "keep an eye on this Ubuntu PPA" which references the following Launchpad PPA: Unofficial Ubuntu game packages maintained by xtradeb Since posting, I see that the Official PPA has now been updated.
  10. Thanks for the suggestion. We are leaving for a few days, so it will be a while before I can follow-up.
  11. Depends on your definition of "disaster". You are correct the US was propping up yet another corrupt government. The US should never have gone into Afghanistan, the "graveyard of empires". From my point of view the "disaster" was the manner in how the withdrawal was handled. Biden and the general pompously declared, over time, that the Afghan army would hold-up and that all contingencies had been planned for. Well, the Afghan army collapsed, US military equipment was left behind, and the US was not prepared to evacuate US citizens from Afghanistan. That military equipment also represents a lot of technology that will now become available to Iran, China, Russia, and Pakistan. For comparison, I wonder how the Russian withdrawal (15 May 1988 and ended on 15 February 1989 ) from Afghanistan went? Ok, but I will say that it is the correct viewpoint. Of course, that was the preamble to my question that I was soliciting input for. "I've been reading second hand accounts that European leaders are less than pleased with Biden's leadership. I would be interested in knowing what the perception is from Europe." Thanks for responding as I wanted those that had better knowledge of the European take. Thanks for answering.
  12. Afghanistan, in the US, is a hot topic. From my point of view, the US should never have gone into Afghanistan or Iraq, but that is "water under the bridge". The US withdrawal that was just completed is/was a complete disaster. As such, it is a reflection of the total incompetence of the Biden administration. Biden misleadingly claimed that he would "heal the soul of America" and that he would restore US prestige on the world stage. Instead Biden has fostered divisive racism and he has apparently dissed US allies based on the manner in which he withdrew US forces from Afghanistan. China even rightfully tossed Biden racist remarks back at US diplomats when they held a meeting in Anchorage, AK in March 2021. Instead of restoring US prestige, Biden is giving the US a "black eye". I've been reading second hand accounts that European leaders are less than pleased with Biden's leadership. I would be interested in knowing what the perception is from Europe.
  13. True, but there is an irony in that. I have a 4K monitor, the graphics are absolutely superb. However, when it gets down to text (labels) and the panel for choosing the building, the text and icons are very small. Plus, I have a degree of visual impairment.
  14. I liked this one, as that is what happened. This was also helpful, since I remember from the MS version of Age of Empires, which I had long since forgotten about. One thing that has really slowed me down, is which building is which? I know that you can click on the building to "activate" it which identifies the building, but having a hover label on a building would be helpful. Yes, the building look different, but as of yet, have not developed that sensitivity to the visual cues. Would be nice to have building labels pop-up when the mouse hovers over it.
  15. Thanks for the additional advice. I just got creamed once again as the "easy" AI level. Gives me something to work-up to.
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