Ok, I'll admit it, I'm bored at work. I have stuff to do, but its not a big rush for once. Which made me think about some of the stuff the AI does that drives me crazy . Some things I don't understand at all. Like when you first meet an AI and open borders is redded out. I understand that with Tokugawa. Heck I don't mind when it says "We don't like you enough". But what gets me is when I first meet a civ and open borders isn't an option because "I'm their worst enemy". I just freakin' met you! How can I be your worst enemy? Talk about predestined. I guess we won't be making lucrative trades. This behaviour is almost but not quite as frustrating as the old "Don't trade with our worst enemy". I love this. Civ A which is on another continent wants me to stop trading with Civ B which I share a border with and have gotten along with all through the game. Why in the name of sanity would I do that? Usually civ A already hates me anyway, won't trade or open borders and offers nothing in return anyway. Idiots. I don't actually like trading techs with the AI. Even if i start off the game being generous, by midgame no one wants to offer me anything close to a fair trade. I'm especially amused by trades like the one I got offered last night...Civ A wants to give me mathematics for theology. The Hanging gardens had already been built. But they also wanted 750 gold too! So let me get this straight, Mister Dumb A$$, you want me to give you an important religion-founding/ wonder enabling tech, for a tech that I can actually research in like 3 or 4 turns myself and the major benefit of has already been taken by someone else. Not to mention you want 750 gold. If I were a real ruler I'd have had that messenger executed. But sometimes the AI tips its hand too early. I would have hopefully been ready for an amphibious attack anyway, but yesterday Caesar...who didn't have optics at that point....made one of those dumb threats from his continent. When i told him to go jump in the rubicon, he made that vague 'You don't know who you're messing with" threat. yeah, i do, Julius. I'm dealing with a guy that can't even get here. By the time you're even able to muster a reasonable naval force i'll have battleships and bombers waiting. Why threaten me, anyway, nimrod? There are a bunch of weaker civs on YOUR CONTINENT! You know if caesar had shut up, he might have surprised me.