By Pertard Rusher
Poland can be one of the best civs to play for both short and long games. In rushing
games the fast building (but weaker) Polish pikes have a lagre advantage in that
they can be massed 50% faster than normal pikes, allowing them to fend off most
pike rushes (except Russia). Poland can also do well against the flush because
they can get more pikes quickly to counter archers.
As the game goes on Polish Infantry is fairly normal, so you should probably focus
on building up a large core of muskets and cannons, flanked by some Pikes, then
later in the game you can focus on building grenadiers and 18th Century Musketeers.
Since there infantry is so normal, you should focus a lot of attention on their superb cavalry.
Poland gets 2 unique cavalry units, the Light Rider and the Winged Hussar (Husaria).
The Light Rider is one of the fastest building cavalry units in the game, and with
the x4 build speed you can easily amass a large foce of these to deal with musket
and Pike raids (Light Riders are almost like Pike but faster and more hps). The
Winged Hussar is truly a sweet unit. Though it takes a long time to build (2750,
the same as a Rider), these units are fearsome warriors and superb raiders. While
itís easy to fend off merc Cossacks raids with a few Pikes, fending off Winged Hussars
is an entirely different proposition. A good tactic that I have learned is to get
Geology (you can see all mine locations) very quickly and then send in Hussar raids
on any mines that you think are outside his city, but that he might be mining.
This is a great way to hurt his econ as well as to get some enemy villies.
In late game situations Poland holds up well because it gets the full 18th Cnetury
Barracks and can esily supplement itís good Infantry with superb Hussars and very
quick building Light Riders. Light Rides may well be a good idea to focus on as
they build around 3.5 times faster as Hussars, so you can easily amass far larger
numbers, and Hussars arenít that much better that a few key upgrades wonít level
the playing field.
In conclusion, Poland is a very good civ both early and middle games, and only
suffers a little at the end because it lack some of the heavier cavalry units
like Riders and Currisiers.