From the people who brought you the French grenadier ff, here comes the Iroquois unifying nationís ff, anyway lets just get on with it shall we.
This strategy focuses on (ab)using the power of the Iroquois version of mercenary loyalty, national unity, for those who do not know exactly what national unity does, it reduces the cost of the Iroquois' 6 support cards from 1000 gold to 250 gold. So the basic idea is to get to fortress as fast as possible send national unity then spam these cheap mercenary shipments.
Now I'm not a good strategy writer like blender_fjord or beatnikjoe so I have more blabber for all of you so onto the build order.
Send 2 villagers to herd
Rest Gather food crates
Send another 2 villagers to herd once food crates our gathered
1st villager out builds a longhouse
hunt treasures, search for wood and exp specifically
Against aggressive civs use your travois to build a defensive war hut, against passive civs use it to build a longhouse and the 1st villager out to build a market
All vills go to food age once 800 food and such
Age up with the 2 travois politician
move 5 villagers to gold keep 10 on food and the last one goes to wood
Build 2 defensive war huts with your travois
send 600 gold as first shipment then the 200 of every resource shipment as 2nd shipment
make a three villagers
build a market if you haven't already
age using the messenger
Hereís the irritating bit, so many variables in the economy so far but we have to have 500 of each resource as soon as possible to research our market big button upgrade. Anyway hereís how to best balance your economy for the age to fortress, so depending on the variables such as starting wood and whether you used your travois for a longhouse or a war hut. Have 6-7 Villagers on food, if you have herdables now is definitely the time to gather them 8-9 villagers on gold and have the rest on wood.
Once you reach fortress age you will have/be about to get 500 of each resource, once you do research the market big button
Send National Unity
Put 10 villagers on gold, 8 villagers on food 1 on wood with all made villagers going to wood.
Now you can start sending your cheap mercenary shipments, usually the best one to send is forest prowlers since you get 2 travois with which to build more protective war huts or probably a better idea to build a corral and an arty foundry.
You could also send tomahawks and order the big buttons as your opponent will be expected forest prowlers seeing you are in fort and order the big buttons.
There is also the siege mercenary so that you can attack your opponents base after you defend his attack, then you could send the economy mercenary shipment and then you are well set to go to normal prowler spam if your ff fails.
some credit has to go to beatnikjoe for helping me refine the strategy and The_Garlic_King for finding info for me because I couldn't be bothered.
If Quizzes are Quizzical, what are tests.
French Grenadier FF - http://aoe3.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=15,30132,0,10
French Grenadier FF TWC - http://aoe3.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=15,32986,0,10
Unifying Nations -http://aoe3.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=15,32888,0,10
Iron Disciple FF - http://aoe3.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=15,33659,0,10
[This message has been edited by Destiny_Devil (edited 02-07-2007 @ 01:27 PM).]