CivFanatics, After almost ten months of Civ-Silence is started playing again. Before I jumped back in I decided to read some of the 'War Academy' articles. While doing so, one thing kept popping out: Having a game plan Honestly, I almost always start a game of Civ-IV and just 'screw around' until I see an opportunity which might lead to a win. At the lower difficulties this worked out fine, but from Prince & Higher it just doesn't work anymore for me. So I decided to take the advice and did some 'planning' before playing. (playing at Prince) My first two games: -Inland sea with the Vikings: Used a combination of Beserkers and Galleys to capture all coastal cities which in the end gave me a domination victory. -Eart 2 map (the one with 'Old and New world') with the Portugese: Used the Carrack to be the first one settling in the new world, Colonizing it and after a few wars again claiming a domination victory. The game plan for my games was pretty obvious; using the UU in combination with geography of the map. But now i've run out of ideas, so my question for you guys: What are your 'favorite' civ-map combo's, and why? (ex. Rome-pangea for conquest) Thanks a lot! M. P.S. Didn't know exactly where to post this thread (General Discussions or Strategy) so I hope it's in the right place. If not, please transfer.