I just realized today that I have no real interest in ever climbing up over the emporer bump on difficulty. I am usually very self determined when playing games and simply will never play a game on "easy".. its normal or up all the time. However on Civ 4 this is lost for some reason. I play mostly on Prince/Monarch usually as I feel the computer does need an extra boost considering its "Automatic Ignorance" as AI. (Not to sound super duper or anything) But Prince is my laid back games and Monarch to Emporer is when I feel like really going at it and risking not only losing but death itself. The point of this thread is I don't ever think I will ever actually feel that I want to go up to higher difficulties like I used to. It seems all I am doing above emporer is giving the computer rediculous cheats to play against , not to mention handicapping my own penalties. I see anything above Monarch is more than a simple leg up on me. Although, I do step into Emperor from time to time. Does anyone else feel this same way?