Okay, I finally decided to stop being lazy and try to tackle my first Deity game. I felt pretty solid on Emperor and I am getting to the point where I feel the AI is moving too slow. I jumped up to Deity and stomped on the breaks. I almost always play the game I am given by the computer and rarely find myself in a tight spot. I try not to reroll bad starts because - hey, how better to learn? I loaded my first game - and it was terrible. I ended up loading 15 games that I started out on before I decided I couldn't win them and I probably scanned 45-60 more games before picking out the best 15. Is this normal or am I just experiencing growing pains? I have PTW and I decided to go with the Ottomans - Industrial and Scientific. I set my enemy list - which I also never do - and made sure there were no scientific AIs and no industrial AIs. I like the Ottomans for the good UU and it is timed well for a cavalry conquest. I played with other settings and settled on a standard arch game with 70% water (middle setting). It was not until the 15th game that I actually felt I had a chance. The biggest shock was all the bonus units the AI receives - my gambit to start granary first for a quick expansion fell flat a half-dozen times before I started pumping out military to ward off the AI. At this point I am on a descent sized island and I have the Mongols on the ropes. I have iron and horses - they have none. I've basically turned off science and I'm buying my techs, which seems okay for now. I also have a fair number of luxuries in my immediate area. So, is this normal? I know I don't have any pictures posted, but any general tips or thoughts?