I recently got Civ V (one of the game-of-the-year editions) for my birthday (and grabbed Gods and Kings shortly thereafter.) I've played one game through so far (cultural victory on a small), just to get the lie of the land so to speak. While I was more favourably impressed than I thought I might be (which is why I didn't get Civ V from the start), Civ V has not proven itself superior to Civ IV (though it is better in some areas, e.g. the religion - and the embarkation feature is VERY welcome). I am not a fan of the one-unit-per hex, as I found it made it much harder to preserve experienced unit and conversely to use larger numbers, and the civilian units not stacking was far more of a pain than the increased tactical element gained, I felt. (I reckon a good compromise would have been to limit stacking to 2-3 units and/or unlimited for civilian - I used to store all my workers in prior Civs in one city when not in use, but you can't do that here. Does anybody know if that sort of thing has been modded (or even if it is possible), out of idle curiousity?) (Also for a 2010 game, Civ V also seems extremely slow to load even into the main menu. My computer is, granted, probably going to have to upgrade to Win 7 next year, but otherwise hardware-wise it's not batted an eyelid at Mass Effect 3 or Witcher 2.) In any case, despite not perhaps being up to Civ IV's lofty standard, it is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. I am thus preparing for my first "proper" game, but I have a few very general questions that I thought I might ask first. Firstly, I tend to play Civ IV on the larger map sizes (usually Terra) and at Epic or Marathon speed (often with a bit of editing to spread the nations out a bit more on Terra maps). Given that Civ V seems to be rather... resources intensive, is a big map going to cause problems? The next question is marathon or epic, which is the better setting for a larger map? (I ask because I read muttered ramblings in the strategy section about epic being less optimal on huge maps.) Finally: roads and railroads. In prior civ editions, it has been my modus operandi to road/railroad everything on the continent. In Civ V, that does not seem to be as worth doing as (as far as I can tell - and I could be wrong) railroad doesn't improve the production value of a hex, but just a flat 25% when linked to the capital. So then, it is actually worth borthering to road/railroad everything, or should I just route between cities and to important mustering points?