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APC_Doink
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posted 08-30-99 08:48 PM ET (US)         
When booming, I know you want your villagers to get to the water to dock just as you get 100W in storage. Since this is very hard to time, is it better to be early or late? My feelings would be early is better because docking as fast as possible and churning out the fishing boats is key to the speed of your boom. What do y'all think?
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blue_myriddn
Clubman
posted 08-30-99 09:04 PM ET (US)     1 / 4       
Early. If they get their a little early, they can always scout the shoreline a little more extensively to ensure that you are docking at a good location (I built alot of lousy docks, before I spent the extra 5 sec to explore). At the very least, this will also give u good info on where to put a second dock. Villagers scouting usually isn't a real big waste of time.

If u get their late, that is time lost getting extra food.

Thorfinn
Clubman
posted 08-30-99 09:21 PM ET (US)     2 / 4       
Early. Worst case, if you figure out exactly where you want to put your dock, fill your peon up with wood or food while you are waiting for the wood to dock. You can build and everything just fine, and when you eventually drop a pit with him, you will be 10 resources ahead...

Keep your stick on the ice.

APC_Doink
Inactive
posted 08-30-99 09:28 PM ET (US)     3 / 4       
I thought early would be better...
neilkaz
Clubman
posted 08-30-99 11:08 PM ET (US)     4 / 4       
On our beloved giga 3v3 conti maps.. I rarely explore the coast early unless I see it very early because I know where it is basically anyhow and I know that there will be fish out there whether I check early or not. Sometimes, I may have not seen reasonably quick berries and wood and looked for a SF spot early. Anyhow, I do try to time the arrival of my vils for the time I get 100W. However, that isn't possible to do perfectly and I'd rather arrive early than late. If early I have a few seconds for a look around and sometimes I need to kill gators or even lions that interfere w/docking. Often one guy arrives before the 2nd builder but that is no real problem either.

On a good day my arrival at the sea will reveal 3 SF easily accessable by one pit. I can then opt to grab them to speed my tool. I then SF until I have 120 wood and also try to time the arrival or 2 more builders at a slightly different ocean fishing spot. A 2nd food source is key to my goals of making vils consantly from my TC and still tooling at an acceptable time in 3v3's and 3 SF provide 750 food quickly w/6 vils on them. Thus I will go with one dock and a few FB less, to tool/bronze faster with a couple more real vils.

On giga med the sea is often far away.. and you often need to send 2 guys to it before your pit is done and sometimes even a bit before it's started if your TC is in a corner.

So err on the side of being a little early at the sea but don't overdo that...neilkaz...

PS..you can grab 10 res.. but often it's wasted when you end up fighting gators or lions or never returning to a pit for a long time if you send those builder to an enemy. Still however gathering 10 food from a dead gator is better than doing nothing at all if you clearly in a good dock spot. Also you can knock a tree or two down if waiting around doing nothing. But in general, if early , you explore a bit more.

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