In Civilization 5: Gods & Kings, is it possible to give or receive false intrigue?

If another Civ tells me that some other Civ is plotting against me, should I always believe that this is the case? Or could the AI be telling porkies?

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    Great question, I am intrigued. Feb 11, 2013 at 15:36
  • I will use comment since I am unsure, but I believe it means that the other civ just doesn't care for you and would attack you if it had the chance.
    – Quinma
    Feb 11, 2013 at 16:36

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Since intrigue is based on what the AI is likely to do, and the AI changes its mind often, it's hard to say if you could be given false intrigue. The false positive rate is nearly impossible to quantify, and from the player's perspective "false intrigue" and "intrigue that changes" are effectively the same.

For instance, let's say AI #1 tells you AI #2 is plotting a sneak attack against you. You build up a military in response, but AI #2 attacks AI #3 instead.

Was AI #1 lying, and the intrigue shared was invalid? Or was your military response sufficient to deflect the attack elsewhere? There's no real way to tell.

I think the practical answer is that you can be given intrigue that never quite pans out. If that's because the AI rethinks, or because the intrigue was a lie is not really possible to determine.

I have never been in a case where I (as the player) could give false intrigue to other civs. I'm inclined to believe that they play by the same rules - all intrigue given to you is true, but subject to change.

  • From my modding experience with Civ4 I can say that the AI does quantify its invasion plans a la backstab or sneak attack and often changes them as the military situation develops. Given that, I would be that shared intrigue is always 100% accurate at that time. An invasion diverted due to your sudden military build-up did exist when it was discovered and shared. So when you are given this information, it pays to take steps to address it. Dec 14, 2013 at 21:38

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