Hi! I've been on a long break from playing civ4, due to lots of stuff going on (moving home, new job, etc). I reached a point where I was comfortable at prince but never had an easy time on monarch. Well the other day I rolled my first start in six months with Sury, (Monarch/Epic/Fractal) and actually found it really easy! The actual starting spot for my capital was quite poor but an early rush on my neighbour Ramses II (who had 2 golds in Thebes) helped me in the early game, I normally struggle with warring but in this game I had little problem conquering my other neighbours despite bieng roughly equal in power and with a marginal lead in tech. I could have wrapped things up a lot earlier with a dom win but wanted to play through the whole tech tree this being my first game in ages and won with a space win in 1952 (my earliest space win on any difficulty). I don't feel I played a particularly tight game, in fact pretty sloppy in some places. So I guess my question is... was this a particularly easy map? or have I conquered monarch? I don't appear to have the starting save, but here's one from 395BC and the winning save from 1952AD.