Trying to get a feel for the new diplomacy system. I'm not willing to give up just yet and beg for them to bring back all the +/- "We like you or dislike you for these reasons" tooltips like in Civ4, but there's a lot I don't understand. I consistently think I know where I stand with an AI only to have them behave irrationally. I don't think this comes down to the AI's particular character or "personality", though, because so far it seems like they all do it. I started my first game as Songhai (random select) and to the far north of my continent were the Arabs, and to the west the Germans, with 2 city states inbetween. The Germans and I exchange pleasantries for awhile and agree to pacts of cooperation and a pact of secrecy against the Arabs. So far I feel like I know what's going on. The Germans end up in a war with the Arabs, Bismark asks me for help and I choose the "I'm really sorry, but I can't right now" option rather than "How dare you" (I presume the more rude option is giving you the opportunity to deliberately decrease your relations) and everything is alright. Then the Arabs declare war on a city-state I was friends with while most of their army was occupied fighting the Germans, so I decided to join the war. I talked to Bismark and tried to offer my help by trying to discuss both of us going to war with the Arabs, but he said no. I had to declare on my own, and ended up wiping out the Arab civ and puppeting their cities. This made the city-state love me for saving it, but it seemed to make Bismark and Gandhi hate me for being a "warmonger". I didn't consider myself an aggressor, I was responding to two of my friends being attacked. Nevertheless, things seem okay with Bismark for awhile, and we have a research agreement. Then he warns me that I'm getting too friendly with a city-state he considers "his", and I apologized. I was planning to back off, but he withdrew his offer to protect that city-state on the next turn, so I assumed he was saying "nevermind" and leaving me to it. But apparently he was still pissed off because he eventually declared war on me out of nowhere. We fought to a stalemate and he accepted a peace treaty with no demands. I continue on, trying not to piss him off while he inexplicably acts like a huge warmonger and conquers all the nearby city-states (Is Bismark's personality supposed to do this?) and things seem to be fine, except that he and Gandhi periodically have diplomacy popups insulting me and I have the option to either apologize for being a crappy civilization or tell them they'll pay for it. Then I get a really grave warning from Bismark telling me he sees my troops "massing for an attack". I had them fortified at the edge of my border, for defense, inside my territory mind you, and apparently because his culture extended until our borders touched, that meant I was massing troops "on his border". I really hope that changes in a patch, because I feel like I shouldn't be penalized for having troops IN MY OWN COUNTRY. Toss off, Bismark, you don't get to tell me how to run my internal affairs. I'm not going to abandon my improvements to a possible attack and move back a few hexes, I had my troops defending those tiles for a reason. What's so offensive about having troops at my own border? Doesn't basically every real-life country do this? So we ended up at war again and I'm thinking of quitting and trying a new game because, while I'm only on normal (Prince) difficulty, the AI seems way ahead of me tech and production-wise, and he has a ton of units. I even saw a musketman, and I haven't even built any longswordsmen yet (because they take like 18 turns to build even in my best cities...why does my production seem so crappy compared to the AI's on normal difficulty?) Any advice is appreciated.