What game pace do you prefer in Civ 5?
Quick game if I'm playing a comp stomp for shits & giggles. Leaves no downtime. Every turn is exciting. The only downside is that you never really get time to appreciate your new units, resources and buildings. By the time I get a musketman on the table, within a few turns he's already obsolete.
I'll play Standard if I'm on Prince or higher difficulty. Gives more time to plan ahead and allows for mistakes. There's also enough time between techs that all of your unit types and buildings will be useful at some point.
I once tried a Marathon (or was it Epic?) game in Civ 4 on the largest map possible crammed with other civs. It's really cool to see things unfold and appreciate the mechanics on a grander scale. Feels suitably epic. You get to see small skirmishes, epic 100 year wars, and tense battles of attrition play out in cool ways. The long game is Civ at its best...but it can get boring after a while. I ended up losing interest halfway. It's a major time commitment, and eventually I start to crave a new Civ to control with a new map to explore.
Standard, for the most part, since the longer the game runs the more likely you are to wind up in a massive war (which is generally not how I like to play the game). Standard games are still pretty long. I don't have much desire to spend 20+ hours on a single playthrough.
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