#1 Edited by AlexMarra (310 posts) -

#2 Posted by Rinkalicous (1340 posts) -

It's weird, I'm the total opposite. I try to make friends with as many nations as possible, in part so I can get in on some epic 2 on 2 alliance battles, and in part because I don't ever like starting fights in those kinds of games.

#3 Posted by Jacy (139 posts) -

Yeah, I rarely make friends in games. Even my closest friends in games, I will turn on if the opportunity is right. I've been playing a lot of Europa Universalis and Civilization 4, and I absolutely refuse to make nice with my neighbors. For Civ4, I tend to first focus on religion or economy if I'm isolated. I get a few holy cities/religions under my belt, then I start focusing on religious buildings and Wonders that relate to religion, such as the building that unlocks all Religious civs. Once I encounter my first 'friendly' civilization, I begin to nurture them into a military powerhouse. A) Because the final battle will be glorious that way, and B) Because that way I can focus more on other things. After I slowly conquer the world through either culture or dominating with my military alliance, I then turn on my original partners and have an epic global war. If they haven't quite lived up to my expectations, or I haven't focused enough on military, I go into World Builder and give us a shitload of nukes. 
In the end, I just like seeing great things fall. It's not about conquering as much as it is about destroying. I really enjoy seeing a huge empire go from a grand military powerhouse to a wimpering puppystate that wants peace. I think a quote from Watchmen is somewhat valid here. 'All the whores and politicians look up and scream, "save us!", and I'll look down and whisper, 'No.'. That's gaming power, man.

#4 Posted by MrSnow (1213 posts) -

I tried to be nice and form alliances in medieval total war 2 but they just kept on falling apart. The AI would always betray me..........and then i would conquer them. Gay................this is because its a total war game though.

#5 Posted by Gee_rad (67 posts) -

Normally in Civilization, I only build up enough military to fend off my neighbors' attacks while I work toward a science victory. I rarely betray my allies, but if they backstab me (and they usually do, because I move quickly to cut off their expansion), I don't stop until they I have crushed them.

#6 Edited by JB16 (745 posts) -

I almost always start up alliances and try to keep them going. I really never start any wars, but as soon as my enemy starts one I never stop it until I've damn near destroyed them.

#7 Posted by sam_i_am (125 posts) -

I always start with being the "bad-guy", then if i decide to re-play a game then i go the good guy route, thats only if im desperate though..  being manipulative is Much too tempting

#8 Posted by Eljay (142 posts) -

In Civ I usually find it easier to go the economic or cultural domination route unless my opponents are really threatening to invade. Having nearby cities convert to your side due to your nation's awesomeness makes the pacifist approach all the more sweeter :D.

#9 Posted by Veektarius (5013 posts) -

In Civ I always played the nice guy, conquering only where necessary and more or less focusing on the scientific victory.   Sometimes I force myself to be the aggressor with no friends, and I think that's a bit more fun, even if you end up feeling like a jackass when you nuke Paris and the whole world declares war on you.  In Total War, the game eventually will get too easy and you have to make an effort to be fighting enough people fighting you to present a challenge.  There's nothing particularly fun about playing the game without combat, and it won't win you the game, so.

#10 Posted by MonkeyMelon (215 posts) -

Yeah for CIV for the 360, I build my empire for awhile,gold and science, and when a leader acts like an ass or starts war i tend to kill everything. I also played a lot of Rome total War, and i liked it, but they just always push you into war. You'll have like one turn of peace and then they pop up behind your city attacking.