(I'm surprised there isn't already a thread on this; unless there is and I'm blind, in which case link me there and ignore this.) So, I have Brave New World and I love it- highly recommended. However, for all the new stuff in the expansion the biggest change isn't trade routes, or tourism, or any new civ, but the fact you can trade lump sum gold unless you have declaration of friendship with the civ. This means: no 25 gold to accept an embassy, no 45 gold per strategic, no 50 gold every 30 to open boarders, and most importantly no 240 per lux! which then translates to no early rush bought workers or settlers or libraries or anything. Later, perhaps even worse, you can't easily buy wars between threats to slow them down. Furthermore, the GPT exchange rates are worse for most things. AFAICT it is the same ratio to lump as before, but the cpu only accepts 1gpt per strategic and only 5gpt for a lux- an absolute rip off! Of course I can see later in the game trade routes can provide enormous amounts of gold, but when the cpus start as far ahead as they do on deity, that gold comes far to late. That 1000+ gold in sales by turn 70 was critical in G&K, and I don't readily see an alternative here. The 4 city tradition start as it was is dead... So, fanatics far better than I, what are your thoughts and experiences thus far? Surely Deity is still possible somehow. This calls for collaborative brainstorming.