I was toying around with an Emperor game last night as Poland. The random map I got was a large plains area with scant luxes other than salt. Barbarians are going ape-poop, spawning camps like crazy and sending units to pillage as fast as my worker could build them. This is a likely consequence of the map bieng so large and empty of other civ's and city-states. So, this is BNW and thus I'm kind of in a jam because there's only one city-state I can send carvans to, which means I'm building units to protect a nearly worthless trade route, as well as my tiles and workers, economy's going into the can. I'm settling more cities to grab more gold-generating tiles and to base more caravans. In general, it's a slog to get to a point where I'm playing the game rather than the game is playing me. I do manage to buidl shrines, but way before I get the 35 faith I need for a pantheon, I'm seeing messages that religions have not only been founded, but enhanced. My isolated situation here doesn't happen too often--if anything, I usually feel smorthered--but it would be informative to know what the crowd who consider Emperor a newb zone think When do you give up on founding a religion? Is there a difficulty where it's just pointless? Do you find that larger maps creates more or less contention for reiligion?