Ok, first of all, this is NOT a rant. I love this game and i'm just plain curious! Hello. I just joined this forum because pretty much entirely because i presume there's quite a few Civ pros in here! I guess you've read this before if you're an experienced user here, but i didn't find any good answers when searching this forum: this game's kinda difficult when you play against the AI! I've probably managed a Warlord game (3rd difficulty) once or twice, but that was so much about pumping out units that it felt like there was no room to do anything but pumping out units, which was kinda dull. I guess the main "problem" here is that i'm one of those pacifist players who don't really play Civ to rage war, but to enjoy the expansion and exploration in the early game and see who simply can take best care of their people. At Chieftain diff (2nd) it's perfect to play as a pacifist since the computer is about on the same level as you when it comes to units. You still have to defend yourself of course. But anyways, i am very curious to find out how it's even possible to beat the AI on the Noble diff (4th). I mean, at Warlord the AI is so offensive that i don't see how anyone but true experts can survive. The thing is, there's quite a few more diffs on that list that i have never even dared to try. How can the AI create more units that it creates on the Warlord diff anyways? How can it actually get more difficult than that? Unless the AI gets a lot of unfair buffs i mean. Is it i who simply suck at this game or has Sid become so good at his own game that he forgets about the casual players who don't want to loose every game? lol Can someone please explain to me? It just doesn't make any sense!