I recently started playing Diety, after beating Emperor consistently. I typically (ok, always) play the Chinese and restart if I don't like my capital's location. I was really surprised at the advice to build granaries - I don't think I've ever built a granary until the industrial age. They just take too long, and cost too much, and keeping my city sizes low enough is a constrant struggle anyway. Are there Diety/Emperor players who are building early granaries? My build order on a typical capital is Warrior/Warrior/Warrior/Warrior/Settler. That way I get the Settler just as the city hits size three. If I'm getting extra food, I'll build the settler earlier of course. I play pangea maps size standard or small, and I focus on trying to surround my capital with cities as quickly as possible. I've found that any city beyond the first ring of cities is going to nearly completely corrupted anyway, so that first ring up quickly is extraordinarily important. I try to squeeze in six or eight cities without going outside that first ring. This requires some overlap. After that I look for luxuries and resources. The problem with this strategy is any little thing goes wrong and I'm busted. An AI builds into my capital area, an early attack (rare-I always give into threats), or an ugly map and I have to start over. When I get my Riders, I attack, take the GA, and keep going until I get a leader. With the leader I make a FP and then I have a second ring. At Diety, I find myself attacking Riflemen with my Riders, which seemed impossible at first, but surprisingly, if you have enough of them it works. If I can get this far, I think I'm good for the duration, and I have won Diety with this strategy, but I'm looking for hints and help. Some questions - how does reputation play out in game terms in the game? I find that early on the AI's will make good deals for my extra luxuries, but later they won't give me crap for them. Am I doing something to hurt my rep I'm not aware of? Is there a way to increase the number of leaders? I'm lucky to get one - and sometimes have to struggle for that, and rarely get two or more. I do always build barracks, and "save" my elites for easy attacks, whenever possible. Wonders - I've given up on building wonders. The first wonder I'll actually build (after FP) is Hoover's Dam. Then UN. Sometimes I'll grab Women's Suffrage, if I can. I can't see beating the AI at Diety or even Emperor level without factories or a leader. Anybody have any ideas about this? Thanks, lances.