I've been lurking for a while and thought of a question I wanted to ask so I finally registered. I've been banging my head against the deity wall for a while and I decided to try an experiment and play a game without CSs. I was suprised at how much easier the game was and how the AI gold advantage counted for so much less without CSs. It made it so I could finally get the Flawless Strategy acheivement. It was still tough but much easier. The civs also stayed much closer in strength as well since they had to rely on themselves rather than getting outside help from CSs. It seems like in most of the games I've played on deity Greece, Austria or Ethiopia will by out CSs like mad and start to run away with the game. How do you keep this in check? Every time I invested in a CS Alex would step in and snatch it away. I couldn't DoW him without losing all benefit of my investments. On the lower levels I usually denounced him and made him into the "world wide whipping boy" since he generally would offend all the other AIs but this approach hasn't worked out on diety yet. Ethiopia and Austria have also been just as bad although to a slightly lesser extent since they're usually not as aggressive as Greece. Anyway, how do you prevent one civ from running away with the game by buying up all the CSs? I've tried draining their gold by selling resources to them but usually by midgame keeping their gold supply down by that method is impossible because of the insane Diety GPT.