To all the BtS players out there, who wouldn't mind sharing with a deprived Civ player: Have you noticed the difference in the difficulty levels? I saw some posts that say the AI researched slower, and that it was more manageable on Monarch difficulty. So, I've worked together a rough list of questions about the difficulty levels, and whatever light you guys could shine would be appreciated: Are the AIs smarter when deploying their troops? Do they use their navies more effectively? Do they try to blockade you? Do they fight more wars against each other? Especially the big warmongers? If you have played a couple difficulty levels, does the computer ramp up in intelligence or bonuses (like before)? By how much have the maintenance costs and other "fudge" factors like that been changed? If you were typically vastly outgunned before in numbers, do the armies seem more balanced in size now between you and the AIs? If you had difficulty keeping up in the graphs before, is it easier or harder now on the same difficulty level? Have you found any spies from the AI? How much do they spy on you? Does it really feel like you are playing another human and not some cheating computer that gets free stuff at the start of the game?