Difficulty is 2nd from top (soyuz)? I got bogged down by the aliens for like...150 turns. Game speed normal, it's turn 230 or so now. I'm doing 90 beakers a turn, everyone else is doing 150-180. Didn't have anyone to trade with. Despite the beaker difference I'm affinity 7 but the top player is at 9. I'm fighting ARC and winning, but her cities are strength 65 and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to take them. Even if I do, I'm at 18 unhealthy due to claiming the rest of my continent. It's been fun playing a game so close but there are 2-3 players on another continent doing 150+ beakers a turn...even if I take ARCs cities I'll never be able to touch the other continent. But the computer plays so dumb, I'm just not sure.