Omg this is the most insane diety game yet. SV in 352 turns lol! Just keep in mind this was a SV with Autocracy ideology and constantly bribing Zulu and at war with Songhai for a good half of the game. Only 4 civs left. Me, Zulu, Rome and Austria. Thank god Austria and Rome are at war. Austria declared war on me but she is too far away and it is too late. Bomb shelters are up. Zulu staring me down. 215gpt in unit maintenance. I wasn't taking any chances with Zulu. Any late game DoW was going to be met with stiff resistance. After dispatching Songhai I sold one of his cities to Maria for some nice +gpt she later razed it lol. I kept Gao but kept it a puppet for too long and the AI kept it a gold focused city with no specialist in science buildings for a long time so I finally annexed it around t300. I had two RAs total I believe...both with Zulu If I had annexed Gao sooner and gone food focus it could have turned into a solid science generating city but since I was struggling with +cpt so I kept it puppeted for mostly that reason. I think what really saved my arse was the long war between Zulu and Rome. After Shaka took my first bribe and slapped Lizzy I was able to bribe him to attack Rome next. I think that went on till around turn 240ish when Rome beat up Zulu pretty good and took over as the most powerful civ. After that I had to alternate bribing Shaka between Ethiopia and Austria and when Rome took down Ethiopia I was glad Zulu fought Austria for as long as he did. Rome totally owned Ethiopia and was ahead of me in a SV and I was sweating it the whole way after he built 3 boosters before I built even one but I think he switched to a CV focus since he built only 1 more SS part after that. Was easy bribing Zulu to attack Austria and Ethiopia but once Ethiopia was gone I had to pray he stayed at war with Austria as long as possible. I forget which turn but he eventually did sign a peace treaty with her and there was nothing I could do to bribe him to attack Rome that late in the game so I had to just hope he wouldn't attack me but even if he did I think I could have held him off till the final SS part was built. Built as many forts near Zulu as I could just in case. WC I had 17 votes, Rome had 17, 6 each for Austria and Zulu so wasn't worried about a DV since 28 was needed. SP: Full tradition, 2 in patronage up to consulates, 1 in commerce(what a waste), full rationalism, 2 in Autocracy. Even though I ended up with +132cpt, most of the game it was pretty low and about midway I started building +cpt buildings to pump it up. Only one culture CS survived in the end. Many CS were taken over by civs. Religion: Goddess of Festivals, Tithe, Religious Community, Holy Warriors(should have picked up +happiness building lol), IP. Was nice buying two scientists with faith but the 3rd was going to cost me 2500. No workers stolen but seriously the whole argument is just stupid and I hope people can put that one to rest. Pic of victory. Spoiler : Culture status. Got hit pretty hard with unhappiness and look at Zulu ouch. Spoiler : World congress. Nothing to worry about. Didn't get around to my embargo on Rome Spoiler : Recap Humble beginnings and sandwich coming my way. Spoiler : I remember you! Spoiler : Hope you had fun? Spoiler : Sorry for all the edits. Was a long and complicated game, not easy remembering all the details Off to work now.