I've started playing Col4 as I used to love the original years ago when I was a lad. Back then though, I didn't really know what I was doing and just liked building up the colonies. I've started playing TAC since various posts I've read have described the remake as unsatisfying. I've played a few games and usually end up giving up in frustration, I won one with a fairly isolated start and a small european war. Since then I'm having much more difficulty with the natives. If I start near another AI they plant colonies everywhere and usually have a decent army to attack. They are stupid, though and are generally easy to defeat with a handful of units if you attack their colonies. If I keep the winings I end up pissing off the natives and end up in a war against huge numbers of units which are practically impossible to kill with the various defensive bonuses. Muskets take ages to produce and buying units is so expensive. I've only done relatively well so far getting lucky with treasure enough to buy a galleon and a decent army. Once I get a DoW from a native it's particularly annoying since they can pillage everything and unless they attack a city are very difficult to remove with the few numbers I have. I must be going about this the wrong way. Help please!