I'm still new to CIV4 and its expansions, despite having the game for awhile. I've played enough to get the hang of using units/researching etc. but I just haven't played it enough to really take in the game itself. What in-game settings would you suggest as a way to really learn how to play -- not just how to make decisions but why to make those decisions? Is there a good choice of map/climate/difficulty etc. that would be best for this? I played through my starting games on the easiest level as its suggested but that was about as exciting as watching paint dry and I don't think it helped with teaching me a proper strategy as I know the AI is put at disadvantages at that level. However I don't know if I'd learn too much of anything by getting killed before A.D. either but I'm certainly willing to try anything once. Thanks for any help you offer.