Originally Posted by aditya
Sciolist - wrt to building buildings
What about granary, monument (esp when ur trying to border pop at beginning), water mill, forge, work, barracks, and armory? Also, later on public school, etc.
What, I understand that can happen in the early game when you go from warrior>spearman>swordsman (with horseman etc. thrown in as well), but later on are you really teching so fast whereby in ~10 or so turns you are getting longswordsman and then rifle, etc.? Even if you have library in all of your cities and scientist specialists, it seems pretty hard to do that. Also, combined with Sciolist's advice who recommends not building that many buildings, what exactly are you guys building?
Basically, other than your wonder city, build nothing to increase production except maybe workshops, but that's mostly so you can build markets and banks faster.
Military buildings are bigger jokes because you use, for the most part, the same units the whole game.
Don't worry about culture buildings. They really just aren't that worthwhile. You're better off getting magical culture from city states. You still need a monument to expand a new city's borders but that's pretty much all you need.
No food and pop growth buildings. Just don't do it. You want magical city state food paid for by the gold you save.
It's not so much you research the tech in 10 turns. It's people save great scientists to do the research to "slingshot" techs that would take 20 or 30 turns. You need research buildings after you build a monument and gold buildings. What makes the Chinese great is the paper maker is both research and gold. Well, that and great general golden age spam is a joke. You don't really have to go out of your way to get scientist specialists. The bulk of your research will always be from population and building bonuses.
Wonders are not particularly powerful in Civ5 except Forbidden Palace and Taj Mahal. The Great Library is also great for an early scientific jump if you could beat the AI to it (not likely at the highest diffs). The statue of liberty can be extremely powerful in very late game but by then the game is usually already decided.