JTN wrote:A player with military units is not without hope; they could conquer a city and start again.
This isn't an issue in the current Longturn games, b/c you don't start with any military units, hence all your military units end up requiring a city for support.
Theoretically though, you're right. Actually, even if you just had an embassy with somebody, then you could maybe buy a city off them… We're getting into the realm of some pretty unlikely victories though.
EDIT: Of course, my original thought was more that new players (to freeciv and/or long turn) might join a long turn game already-in-progress, start with no useful units and then just get frustrated and never return. In other words, if that's your first experience with the game, you're probably not going to have a great time.