And this afternoon I finished a game as the Incas. In truth I don’t think I took full advantage of the chance to build an empire around the mountains. Just not enough of them around and too many other civs hoovering up all the space. But the late game did become a chance to delve a bit deeper into one of the new features: Rock Bands.
I’ve treated them as a bit of a joke up to now. I’ve spent a lot of time looking up band names from the appropriate countries. Abba disbanded after their first gig, and Leonard Cohen’s World Tour of Water Parks was never quite as prolific as I think it deserved to be. [Thinking of which someone should do a mod where you can resurrect a Rock Band called Leonard Cohen for a substantial pile of cash.] If anyone knows the names of any Inca Rock Bands then it’s too late, so my most striking band ended up with a rather off the cuff name.
I didn’t think much of it when I assigned the religious conversion promotion to “Some Drummers and Shit”. I guess no more appealing promotion was available. But for a laugh I sent them overseas to Scotland. At that point I had my continent completely converted (they were all following “Cheese” if you care), but Scotland had converted most of the other one to Catholicism and Sweden were holding firm with Protestantism in their own civ. Robert had periodically attempted to come over and convert me, but I managed to pick off his single apostles no bother.
But no sooner did Some Drummers and Shit get over the water than they started a cheese revolution baby! They managed a string of about seven gigs before disbanding, but they convert any city, of any size, with any religious mix, to your religion, IMMEDIATELY (and also regardless of whether they disband after or not). So one unit managed to reduce the most powerful religious force in the game to a couple of apostles frantically trying to reconvert their own cities.
And of course the thing about the Rock Bands is that there is no defence against them except to not build improvements, which isn’t very viable. Hopefully the AI will never cotton on to this tactic, but I might use it again in future.