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Civilization 5 Siam - Leader: Ramkhamhaeng

Civ Bonuses, Strategies, Unique Units and Buildings

Civilization Name:  Civilization 5: Siam LeaderSiam

Civ Leader: Ramkhamhaeng

Civ Bonus: Father Governs Children:
Food and Culture from friendly City-States increased by 50%

Unique Unit: Naresuan's Elephant:
Requires Chivalry Tech
These replace the Knight of the medieval era. The Siamese obviously decided they could spare the horse, get an elephant instead, then crush the people who use horses. Not a bad plan, it gets them a +50% combat bonus against mounted units. Naturally it doesn't require a horse resource to make these. But hey, no elephants either!

Unique Building: Wat:
Requires Education
Wats replace Universities. Instead of the bonus for working jungle tiles, the Wat gives a city +3 culture. Not bad. It costs 1 less gold to maintain, which helps a bit too. It still gives the +33% research bonus of a University so is a must-have building in towns where it will make an impact. Wats do not seem to require a library like the University.

I like the Wat. I don't like jungles, I suppose it's a throwback to my days dealing with illness in Civ 4 and even earlier. Why not ignore jungles and just take a culture bonus. If you want to be brutish with the Siamese, the Medieval era is the time to do so and do it well. The Siamese have one of my favorite specials, Father Governs Children. It makes interacting with City-States really seem worth my time and money as opposed to spending money buying buildings, units or making multiple research agreements. Seriously, sometimes you can give them the money if they don't have it, then make the agreement. Invest heavily in the Patronage social tree, and ally with plenty of your neighbors to see some great benefits. You can get enough food in tribute that you can train more specialists or focus more on production without taxing your Civilization.

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Comments (2)

Seast says...
my friend and I are playing multiplayer on a world map versus several AI including the Siamese. they started in India, and we each started in Europe and Africa respectively, and the Siamese were incredibly far away. However, they expanded all the way into our territories, and now have ten cities by the medieval era all from settlers. They don't seem to get any bonus from a large number of cities, so is there any way to explain the AI's behavior?
The AI, no matter the Civ, has a tendency to expand too much, for they do get bonuses (reduced unhappiness for one) which encourages them to have many Cities. If I were playing with their bonuses to construction, worker speed, and unit upkeep, I'd play as wide as possible and wage as many wars over land as they do. Often, the war-for-landgrabs tactic the AI will employ results in Civs on other continents claiming their entire continent. Someone tends to run away in power in most games once you raise difficulty past Prince.

AI will tend to claim land and risk upsetting human players, while a human has to watch those boundaries and be tactful about stealing land that another Civ will covet. They are also very poor at using their bonuses, although Civs like Siam and Greece do tend to go for many CS alliances. There is randomness to their personalities as well, so while playing a Civ with a 5 in expansion tendencies, they could swing from 3 to 7 - thus going for many Cities.

This Guide needs updated to my new standards, but I haven't got to Ramkhamhaeng yet.
22nd February 2014 12:23pm
Dakota says...
Of all the civs that come up in games siam seems to be the most land hungry of them all. He always seems to have seven or more cites and be near the top of all the stats, also he is very annoying about wonder whoring, a lot of the times if he's on my continent its easier just to try and conquer him early than deal with him later on.
3rd March 2014 12:03am
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