RFC was the first mod I tried, sadly earlier this year after owning Civ4 for almost 5 years, and I wasn't very pleased with it. I was enjoying the puzzle aspect of the game, trying to get the UHV with Egypt, but was having problems with my first few tries. So I go to check out some strategies, and instead of "try to do this, or this, or this" it was "Step 1, Step 2, Step 3." For some reason that really bugged me. It gave me the impression that there were very few right ways to achieve a UHV, and it came down to finding the perfect sequence & starting location, instead of trying to find your own unique way of accomplishing said UHV. It also didn't seem very historical, what with the moving of the founding city & the necessity of Stonehenge in the Egyptian UHV. So I dropped RFC, and moved on... I came back to RFC a few days ago after months of fun with FFH2 & TAM, and decided that I was going to defeat the Egyptian UHV with the default settings & starting location, advice be damned. (In particular, the Egyptian guide has only one way to win settling in place, and it explains how it was only possible on Viceroy). So I give it a shot, settle in place, and follow some of the advice without following it step for step. Basically I get Masonry after Mysticism, build Stonehenge, get Animal Husbandry, work on the Pyramids, whip out a Chariot, build the Polytheism wonder on the way to Aesthetics, finally build a city on the coast and start The Great Lighthouse, get the Great Library (almost panicked when I thought I might need 3 cities & libraries when I only had 2 cities), then at that point I get a golden age, and build whatever I want (mostly units) while teching hard for Music to get a Great Artist. I think I also got a great prophet (settled), a great engineer (used on Great Lighthouse, which was probably a mistake), and another great prophet way too late (also settled). Violà. Monarchy victory while settling in place. Damn the guides, there are ways to do it. I even attached the replay (in case there are doubts). So I give India a try... There are very few right ways to do this one, and they all involve moving the starting location, don't they? For my first few playthroughs, I figure Judaism just isn't going to happen, and I aim for the rest. I'm pretty much right, as the AI gets Judaism around turn 30, and every time China beats me to Confucianism. Okay, let's see what else I can do. So now I start sending out my first warrior straight for China after popping the hut to the south, take his worker, and hide in that forested hill SW of Beijing. Kinda effective, but he still gets Confucianism around turn 50. Though, for some reason, Judaism is found around the same time. Okay, well... moving on. Let's try something else. First warrior is sent straight for China, ignoring any hut not on the way, and declares war while hiding in the forested hills to the SW again. China's worker was on the pigs, and turtles in Beijing. Beijing works on 3 archers straight, never lets their worker out, and even turtles their 1st settler... but still gets Confucianism, though around turn 65. Super. Again, Judaism is taken around turn 50. Hmmm... So I start to wonder if Judaism is tied to how soon I discover Babylon (I'm getting desperate at this point) or whether or not I'm researching it. So I do the same strategy, sending the first warrior to China to DoW & fortify, while researching Judaism first. Judaism is taken by the AI at turn 32. Damn it. I try a variation of this same strategy again, while trying to use the Oracle to snag Mathematics, to similar results. Finally, I try just sending my first warrior to the Jerusalem proxy. Their 3 archers destroy him, and I end up declaring war on Babylon & and Independent to even get there. I save up 3 warriors to send... and it's too late, as they get Judaism at turn 31. Damn it, again. Now I'm at a loss. If I gun Judaism while settling in place, I'm not going to get it. If I gun Confucianism, I'm not going to get it or Taoism. As far as I can tell, this is exactly what I feared RFC would be like, in that there are very few ways to get the UHV, and they all involve moving the starting location & some tricky maneuvering. Plus, it doesn't feel particularly historic to get Judaism... Was I just lucky in that I found another way to do the Egypt scenario on the default settings & starting location, and otherwise there are very specific strategies that need to be followed? That kind of depresses me for some reason. If there are other methods, I would love to hear them.