Okay, first off.... I don't want any insults that I am bad at this game from a competitive angle, because I always played them as Sims where I try to be good to my people and others. But here's the thing... I play slow expansionist... so the only real threat are early rushes most of the time... And I did have a bad feeling about Scythia from the get go... thank god we aren't close. I also usually play Huge-Marathon. normally, I play on settler, when I just want a relaxed game or on prince, when I want an even match with the AI until somewhere around turn 600 when I take off. (industrialization). I have played higher games on Occasion, but I don't appreciate the AI cheating. So I figured I would play a game of settler to figure out, how this game works compared to previous entries and picked China, because the Big Wall improvement is very much my thing. to put it simply... I am stuck with 1 City enveloped by other civs since turn 150 (I b-lined for Stonehenge, as usual), both the hanging gardens and Oracle have been absolutely neutered, was denied the pyramids that usually give me my work force because I have no desert, am behind in technology AND I almost got conquered and only managed to survive, because my Warrior came close to their territory from behind to lure them back at the turn my city would have fallen to the war charriots... also, until the war declaration, we were even friends... made worse by the fact that none of my friends gave a hoot to help me in any way. So now I am turn 300 and pretty much settled for a Religious victory, because that's the only thing my wonders are really good for at this point (+4P) and the only thing I am ahead in. Currently turtling up for future wars... building walls and Great walls... which means I am removing certain features, such as cows etc. which might bite me back another time. Also, I don't like the Housing & Amenities mechanic... it's too unneccesarily convoluted. I liked Happiness... particularly since I could have the feeling of being REALLY liked by my people if I got it REALLY high. Aside from that... I think the Heureka's etc. are a bit too broken... I think they should dial them down from 50% to 30% while keeping China's at 60% oh, also, they should make it so that China gets the full bonus when one is triggered by a city state... because like this, it's pretty useless. aside from that... I want an earth map... and a bigger map size, but that has been said before.