There seems to be an unwritten code of ethics for Civilization players. This is especially visible on this board, where certain tactics often get dismissed as "exploits" or even "cheating". There seem to be certain practices that are regarded as "dishonourable"; even game features like slavery and chopping forests for production--both of which are not entirely unrealistic--fall into this category for some players. So what is that makes a specific tactic an "exploit" to you, something you just refuse to do even though it's part of the game in some way? Is it achieving an advantage vis-a-vis the AI that a human player would never allow? If that's the case, doesn't that make war an exploit, since it's widely agreed the AI is not much good at it? I'm just looking to stir up some discussion. Or trouble. Same difference.