I finished the game by Domination in 1260 and never saw the dawn of the Industrial Age. For me 1260 is a decent date, but in general the Middle Ages was full of mistakes. I had a decent opening, a newborn Republic in 1000BC, but made plenty of mistakes. Several of these decisions seemed well founded at the time but with the privelige of hindsight come out as strategical blunders. It also helps to read other players' reports... Here are the main ones: 1. Triggered my Golden Age way too late in 590AD. 2. Too many Horsemen too early, anticipating a mass upgrade to Knights. 3. Not going to war with all my Horsemen earlier on. As it ended up, I went to war with them anyway since Aztec declared on me in 110AD. And they worked perfectly well. I could have secured the continent a long time before it was actually done (900AD). 4. Messing up research. Too many standing forces compared to economy. Didnt trigger early republic GA and missed out on an important early boost. Researching MA techs took WAY TOO long. Had a Great Library and stopped research for a while. Discovering Military Tradition post 900AD. 5. Tried SO hard to contact other continent early on. Sent out batches of 6-9 suicide galleys and suicide it became. Fine style harakiri. I counted 21 galleys lost just to find a continent even more backwards than we were. Well, to be honest one of the initial galleys made it over to the Byzantines, but I clumsily placed it in a sea square the next turn and it sank In general I have problems timing the important events properly. Will have to work on it. All in all an enjoyable game, of course. Was not too unhappy with end date 1260. Think Roland beat me with one - 1 - turn Was expecting finishing date at 1255, but a last minute flip made that impossible.