First time I submit an incompleted game. Didn't manage to beat it when SGOTM, didn't beat it for a lack of time as BOTM either. Very tough game for monarch. Joining the bud lovefest made things a whole lot easier than the SGOTM, but then still due to the ingenious map setup tough game for conquest as I planned to. Finally managed to gobble up the whole ring (Japan, Egypt, Babylon, Zulu, Mongols in that order) which already took loads of real life time. Then wanted to take down the team before a final assault on the English. Forgot about their defensive pact though, so faced the remaining AIs together when I had to retire. English were still at tech parity or actually slightly beyond. Crazy tech capability Liz had for monarch. She also regularly stole expensive techs from me (electricity for example). Also the oil situation was a set back. Hadn't noticed it missing until having combustion and well on my way to flight and radio for bombers (wanted to do cavs+bombers). Inmediately detoured to plastics for the Oil corps and abandoned communist paradise. Liz was actually a turn sooner to plastics but luckily didn't found the corp. Submitted an incomplete game in 1700AD, I think I'd probably win it with an extra 10 hours or so, which is normally the time I have for a whole game! Anyway, the in-game date would probably have been somewhere well into the 19th century. Anyway, very nice and challenging game, thanks for letting us relive it, neil! At least this time I ended up seeing the whole map!