I usually won the game in pre-march patch in king difficulty. as usual, the AI always technologically advance for at least an era than me but I always cope up with them in later game. now I felt am having difficulty winning the game, I've nearly lost my 1st game since post-patch, if not for my tricks. what happened was that Rashid my biggest rival, ruled almost all the 2nd continent. influenced 7-8 CS and just built UN. thus, cetrainly he would won the game in ten turns. so what I did was I proposed a trade all my luxory, resources, and GPT for his 20k, he settled for 15k only I hurridly accepted it and buy all unaligned CS then declared war on rashid. I conquered all nearby CS allied with him. by the time we going to UN vote, I already had have 10 CS. thus won the game, but at very low score of 2005. on my second game, were in early 18c and Persia, one of my biggest rival already in modern tech. darius already used nuke on my frontier city and had positioned another two, threatening my two nearby cities. his bomber and fighter plane rule my sky. I have no ground or sky defense at all. I already have infantry and tank, but no match for my enemy sky unit. I think my science is not that so far behind, I already have college and biulding oxford right now. right now am in a mess and certainly defeat awaits me, really need help. wanna know my best option to deal with threat and some sound advice to use in order to cope up or compete with AI in terms of teching in king difficulty next time around if not now.