This occured in a recent game of mine played on Monarch as the Arabians. I was completely outbuilt by the AI, who beat me to pretty much every wonder, leading me stuck with the great lighthouse. I needed the Great Library, I was behind on techs due to rushing to monarchy, and dubious military exploits had left me without a willing trading partner. I had iron, but no horses. I set about building a mass of catapults and swords men and switched to zero gpt. After a successfull campaign to gain german territory which had boxed me in I sent my troops noth to Greece where the Great Library was. They had no iron, but I doubt it would've mattered. They were easily conquered leaving me with a huge military force, a whole heap of gold, and the great liabrary, ensuring I didn't need to research techs for most of the next era. With this huge force I began setting about gaining other wonders. Sun Tzu's, Leonardo's and Sistine chapel all became mine through conquest. The AI couldn't keep up, to busy preoccupied with wonders and technology to match my rushed troops, artillery and eventually Ansar warriors. Essentially the Strategy is: *Develope a strong economy. Lots of workers *Make a beeline for Monarchy *Get Iron working and construction, make sure you have Iron within your borders (essentially, ignore the middle of your tech tree, stick with the fringes) *Invade inorder to gain the Great Library, even if only for a turn, then make peace. *Then use your significant stockpile of gold troops and technology to overwhelm your opposition. Don't know how viable this is, but it worked extremely well. Opinions?