Yes I remember him ranting about it, but did he know just how ridiculous the mechanic was? While it would never have actually been the case in civ, there could, hypothetically have been something to lower strategic resource trade value as some kind of measure to either prevent a civ getting wiped out by a third party, or to help fight against a rival. He will probably go on an even bigger rant due to its random nature I probably am confusing myself. It still seems awful low, i'll just have to track the numbers through a game at some point to rectify this! On the diplo points I agree, but it also would affect the grant value for either GPT or resource begs, which may very well be annoying. Self pillage, end turn There *may* be some kind of termination hit somewhere, but I very much doubt it. I came across it previously, and hunted down a thread you explained it in for someone who asked about it in the newbie questions thread earlier.