I founded the glorious capital of Constantinople for the empire of Byzantium. The city was placed strategically between two mountain tiles and a river, with the rest of the surrounding area covered in forest. In short, it was a defensive fortress. However I quickly needed some resources, so I built another city on the coast and started to build up my resources, which isn’t easy when being attack by barbarians every other turn.
Things were going well for a while, I met a couple of nice city states, worked the lands with some trade posts, farms and a massive lot of plantations. Seriously, I could not move for spice. It was then that I encountered the first of the two people (real) I was playing with over LAN, let’s call him Jim. Now Jim has an aggressive, tactical mind when it comes to strategy games, and is someone that would take my fledgling empire over in a heartbeat, given the chance. So I had three choices: (1) Call on the second person playing, let’s call him John, to come to my aid, (2) build up my own military to counter Jim, or (3) get on Jim’s nice side.
Option (1) wasn’t an option, as John was on another continent and we had not yet researched the Astronomy tech and had no caravels to take us across the ocean. Option (2) Was a nice idea, but I don’t have as strong a military mind as Jim, let alone the resources I knew he had access to. So I was left with plan C. Thankfully, I was surrounded by some strategic positions and plenty of resources. As Jim was midway through a war with the Mongolians he was falling behind on his economy, I proposed an alliance of sorts: In exchange for him not attacking me/protecting me, I gave him a city on the west coast and resources.
The moral of the story? Suck up to the guy with a massive army.