Two issues with just starting the game on Windows 7. One is, does anyone know how to set things up so HR will load automatically so that I don't have to boot the game up twice every time? Two is, I keep having to re-set the game to "play in windowed mode," and it FORGETS every time I restart my computer. This is exasperating because I usually play Civ IV in windowed mode. It also interferes with my Civiliopedia entry work. ________________ I know this isn't a new mechanic but I'm only just now getting back into the game and... uggh, dissent can be a killer. I don't know what I would have done in the past ten turns or so if I weren't in a position to start a well-timed Golden Age. It's not that my cities actually started rebelling, but it would have happened twenty turns down the line if I hadn't been able to stop it. A couple of observations on the dissent mechanic: One, it is clearly "working as intended" to punish civilizations that grow too large. The AI has only limited ability to cope with it, I suspect, and you get a lot of AI civilizations 'calving' and fragmenting as a result. I think that's actually probably for the best. Two is, I'm still a little vague on what you can do when there's dissent in specific cities. The only thing I've come up with is to deliberately induce a famine so that the population shrinks until health and happiness bonuses kick in, which is ghastly, but... how else do you stop the city from rebelling? Sure, on a civilization-wide level you can avoid dissent by not conquering anyone ever, and to a lesser extent by selecting only the lowest-dissent civics, and by limiting your population below the caps imposed by health and happiness. But if you're making policy decisions most of your cities are fine with, how do you keep control of a few specific places that are starting to get rebellious? Maybe we should create a few more means to lower dissent... they should cost, but they should at least be available, so that you can in theory choose NOT to have splinters breaking off your civilization whenever you turn around, if you're willing to pay the price.