Greetings, everyone! This is my first ever post in the Civ Fanatics Forums. I think this has been asked before, but I'll ask it again: Do you guys use fortresses that much? They don't seem all that useful to me, except for guarding resources. Does an embassy improve the other civ's attidude with you? I think I have always noticed an improvement, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know exactly how the game determines when you get to improve your palace? I have been curious about this ever since Civ II. I've heard that more road connections to your capital improves corruption. Is this true?