ThunderTitan wrote:But how much faster?! Remember that you can only build once a day... that puts a cap on how many extra resources you'll need.
Well, let me cite an example. I was playing Heart of Winter against another player. That player was progressing in the normal fashion, building his towns, buying creatures and so on. I played for high (not top - that is too dangerous in multiplayer) speed. My speed advantage manifested when I entered his territory in the third week of the game, with five GM Combat barbarians.
This brings Map/AI Awareness into my mind. On that very same map the players are separated with black dragons and a hero who cuts through magic resist and powerful spells. I figured out how to break it day 8 (it should be impossible) and I did so. Automatic GG :-)
(then I messaged the author of the map to change it and he did)
BTW I killed the guardians wuith two level 9 barbarians and 18 centaur or so. The centaurs attacked the separating stack one-by-one draining the mana of the chaos caster (he cast lightning on them all the time). Once it was down to zero, I rushed in with my barbs. :-)