Playing on monarch, standard map, civs etc and yet again found myself without saltpeter (surprise surprise!). Uncanny how the AI builds ****ty cities in the middle of you empire (i.e. all desert) and low and behold where does the saltpeter appear. Anyway decided to grab some for myself by building a few cities and hoping the borders would expand. Found a nice piece right on the border with russia built a city and grabbed it straight away. Next trun without warning the ruskies attacked. The question is were they going to do this anyway or were they pissed about the saltpeter? Any comments.