Hello. Does anyone but me think the AI puts way too much emphasis on pillaging? This was already the case in previous Civs. In a recent game, the Chinese declared war on me. I was terrified when I realized that not only did they outtech me (I had only archers and axemen, they had horse archers, swordsmen and catapults), but they also outnumbered me at least 5 to 1 (being boxxed in a small area, I guess they had nothing to do but build troops...). But instead of launching a full-scale attack, they spread their forces very thin and sent them in small groups or even one by one to pillage my cottages. This allowed me to regroup and take their horse archers one by one with only a few spearmen. After about 30 turns of war, the cost of the war amounted to 5 tiles pillaged and one spear killed on my side, and... 20 horse archers killed on their side, plus various other units. And a few turns later, I captured Beijing. Go figure. Of course, pillaging is a good way to cripple your opponent, but when you're powerful enough to crush your enemy, you should do so immediately, shouldn't you?