How many cities do you tend to make? (Not annexed or puppet)

#1 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -
#2 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -
I looked through the forums and didn't find a thread that asked this (though I could have just missed it), so I decided to make one.  
How many cities do you tend to make during your games?
#3 Posted by chainreaction01 (191 posts) -

It depends on the map really, one time I got free reign over my continent so built about 8 cities. Another time, I had to share it with 4 other Civilizations so I only made 4 before I started to just take surrounding cities if I needed to expand.

#4 Posted by eldiax (648 posts) -

This reminded me that I miss playing Civ. I usually go for 2-5 cities, don't want more because the culture penalty is just too much.

#5 Posted by ervonymous (1299 posts) -

Usually 2-5, I like doing just 1 but that's a pretty different game. I hate creating cities after the first few hundred turns, if you can't get the most opportune place it takes forever for it to contribute anything, just bumps up the culture requirements. I might be doing it wrong.

#6 Posted by Mikemcn (7505 posts) -

I build maybe 2-5, then capture the rest from the enemy.

#7 Posted by shadows_kill (3093 posts) -

I haven't played 5 yet but in Civ on the ipod I build 2-5. Playing the demo of 5 I could easily build more... 

#8 Posted by crusader8463 (14755 posts) -

I tend to play on the continents map style so I usually build 2-3, one at each corner, to cover that continent. By the time its conquered and I need to expanded to he other one I'm usually bored of the game and quit shortly after. If I did keep playing I would build one on that continent and use it to spread my rule.

#9 Posted by StarvingGamer (9186 posts) -

3 cities, each with a specialization.

One for army production, one for research, and one for gold.

#10 Posted by MentalDisruption (1785 posts) -

It really depends on the situation and map. If I find that I have plenty of room and the right land to play a horizontal game, then I'll just continue to build low population cities in an ICS until I run out of room. As long as I have the happiness of course. Any city that ends up on bad land just focuses on gold with lots of trading posts, and the others that have good land focus on production.  If I'm playing a culture game or have very cramped surroundings suitable to a vertical game, I'll keep my number of cities to a max of 4 and focus on making sure they're high pop production cities.

#11 Posted by SomeJerk (3732 posts) -

Situational. Just now I managed a careful buddy-buddy science-grind as the Babylonians as a single city and then I decided to thank that asshole Caesar for his smug denouncement spam of the last thousand years with giant robots and helicopters.

And then the rest of the planet, leaving only Ghandi's India behind.

Finished it by leaving on a space rocket. F that planet.

#12 Edited by Wuddel (2308 posts) -

I have the best results with 5-6 cities really early on while putting all culture into "Liberty". I usually also kill a city state early on.

#13 Posted by Cheesebob (1285 posts) -

Something I've always wanted to know with cities in Civ 5. What is a good distance from your capital to make a new city?

#14 Posted by awe_stuck (820 posts) -

5 cities.  (I shape them like a pentagon...)
2 is optimal if you can find a country of the right size (think an island).

#15 Posted by Wuddel (2308 posts) -

@Cheesebob: A lot can work. A lot of people bash Civ5, but what is really nice is that you can win more easily with fewer cities. City spam also works though, and is often the way to go. I place them 4-6 tiles away. Grabbing resources is more important than optimal growth potential. But I usually go for quick expansion.

#16 Posted by sickVisionz (1299 posts) -

10+.  I always play on the largest possible map size though.

#17 Posted by lordofultima (6561 posts) -

This has inspired me to do the one city challenge, It's always scared me as I like to expand rapidly and at the expense of my opponents comfort, but we will see what happens.

#18 Posted by RTSlord (1228 posts) -

i usually make 2 more than my starting city, and then conquer the rest

#19 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@lordofultima said:

This has inspired me to do the one city challenge, It's always scared me as I like to expand rapidly and at the expense of my opponents comfort, but we will see what happens.

Focus on your economy early on and make friends with others. As long as you make sure to focus on small empire policies and then maybe going to commerce, it shouldn't be too hard. There is usually one guy that no one really likes, and you can try and go for him early on, just make sure you figure out who it is quickly, so your not super nice to him right before pummeling him or other civs will start to hate on you. Lots of gold and lots of happiness will help conquering go quickly because you can handle the unhappiness from annexing, and unit costs. Plus in a pickle you can purchase a needed unit.

@Cheesebob said:

Something I've always wanted to know with cities in Civ 5. What is a good distance from your capital to make a new city?

That really depends on how many cities you are making, and what your focus is going to be. With a military game, I tend to clump them up so they can all support one another, but make sure they have enough space to expand and there is no wasted land. With lots of cities, you can get away with closer cities because you'll probably have them expanding a lot less, but with a few cities, they tend to get really big, so spreading them out is always useful, even if it means putting up with the cost of route maintenance.

A few big cities seems to work better in my experience, especially for early game stuff. I tend to build up my cities really well so it takes time till I want to make another one, but they are always crazy good at whatever I need them to do.

#20 Posted by babblinmule (1280 posts) -

Between 6 and 8. I only play on standard sized maps though because my little laptop cant handle anything more than that.

#21 Posted by ThePickle (4272 posts) -

6 to 10, even if I'm playing culture. I like big points and a big empire. BIG POINTS.

#22 Posted by ajamafalous (12513 posts) -

Depends directly on map size and saturation.

#23 Posted by SSully (4724 posts) -

It all depends on what kind of victory I am going for. If I want a cultural victory I build no more then 5, maybe even 4. I dont even annex/puppet other cities. If I am going for a domination I just keep expanding constantly. So if it is a bigger map I can get about 8 cities, if its smaller I will get like 6.

#24 Posted by Beforet (3006 posts) -


Gotta spread myself as far as possible, man! Can't do that with too few cities.

#25 Posted by Mesklinite (858 posts) -

Between 3 to 6. Managing happiness and and money at more cities is hard! I raze what I capture. But I just play multiplayer so I never finish a game hehe.

#26 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2877 posts) -

@SomeJerk: Funny because in my games, Ghandi enjoys warmongering most of the time.

Hell, the first time I played Civilization III I thought I was doing pretty well, I go over some hills and meet Ghandi. My horses were no match for his tanks...

#27 Posted by KillyDarko (1990 posts) -

2 to 5, usually 4 or 5, really.

#28 Posted by TheWyotee93 (201 posts) -

I usually build 2-5, just enough to keep in line with other civs until my military is a viable option, then whenever you conquer a city, raze all cities under 10 population and keep ones at or above 10. That way when you do regain control of the city it is usually making enough of its own gold to make the courthouse worth the 4 gold a turn price.

#29 Posted by Saseav (65 posts) -

i usually just make paris and orleans. can't be bothered to make more.

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