Some background: I've played every Civ game starting with II. I play King, I have in the last year or so won a couple of science victories and a couple of Diplomatic victories. I have been slowly picking up info, mainly from these forums, sometimes YouTube videos (I've had this game since the day it came out and I'm still finding out some game mechanism I had no idea about). I've never paid a lot of attention to adjacency bonuses because my choice of city placement usually revolves around resources or needing a Port or whatever. But I've seen articles or posts where people make triangles (or squares or stars) of cities that can have districts adjacent and rack up monster bonuses. So I started a game with Egypt and I was able to place 3 cities near each other and I made sure they could have their campuses adjacent. 3 clustered campus districts! I'll be swimming in science! I was behind everyone the whole game. I built campuses in all the other cities I founded. I had the policy that increases campus adjacency. Other civs crushed me in science. I did worse with science than in games where I ignored adjacency. Around 1900, Catherine waltzed across my border and attacked my field cannons with her Death Robot and I decided to call it a day. So is this an Egypt thing? Do I seriously misunderstand adjacency? I don't understand how I could be that far behind the entire world.