Civilization Network lead offers strategy tip: Hoard gold to rule the world

sid meier's civilization networkThe classic PC real-time strategy game -- Civilization -- is in the process of being translated into a Facebook game. Since its announcement in October, we haven't learned much more about Civilization Network other than the fact that it's set to arrive in June and friends will not be able to gift gold to friends in the game.

Today, we finally heard another teensy bit about the game on the official Facebook page, with an introduction to lead producer, David McDonough, who offers would-be players his strategy for dominating in this not-yet-released game: Hoarding gold. Lots of it.

The team here at Firaxis gets into a Civ Network game daily and it's usually a pretty hard fight to come out on top. If I manage to be the victor, it's nearly always because I built myself into an economic engine of petrifying power! I like to chase wealth in Civ – my favorite way to play is to amass such extravagant loads of gold that I can buy and sell nations and armies at a whim...

civilization network lead producerThe money game in Civilization Network is a tricky beast. Hoards of gold are self-sustaining once they get big enough and the treasury can be converted into anything you need at a moment's notice, but timing is everything when a big play takes such a heavy slice of your economic lifeblood. I usually need a good network of friends with me early on, keeping me up-to-date with technology and watching my back in case there are any wars. But once the game gets rolling, a strong money player can have truly fearsome momentum.

Are you looking forward to Civilization Network's release in June?
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