Dear Fellow Civs Fan, I've returned to try to conquer 7 Capitols on a Pangea Map at Normal speed. This is a lot tougher than it would seem. Even getting up to 4 cities is only happening for me about 1 in 5 times without constant war. Even if I bribe the AI to stay away and or build a fair military(which hurts my science and city growth a great deal) I am stuck in the mud. If I go after the AI and take out a Capitol early(this just slows me down further and makes me coveted even more than I am already) In one case I have managed to get artillery first but the AI has runaway. I cannot catch her.... Almost all my games no matter how hard I press I am always getting runaway Civs and my best efforts get foiled. I might get 1 or 2 Capitols but I am just not getting a good enough return on them. What would your suggestions be? It seems a lot of people use DLC maps that favor the kind of situation. That or passive Civs and only by doing this manage to run a sort of scenario rather than random true Conquest... I start in Tradition, 4 cities(tall if I can) Libraries and NC early... Unless next to a warmonger(which usually only happens forcing me to invest heavily in a military) Next I rush Universities/Oxford~Artillery. I rarely go to Xbows and I rarely try early rushes with CBs, which I know sometimes do work but I do not find much success with early CB rushes unless I'm isolated facing just 1 civ...Invariably I would get another Civ send a horde into my backdoor(that or I get so little in return for an early Capitol it's just not worth it) Then I'm looking at an AI that has better Science than I do? What I am not building correctly? Why am I so far behind. I have explored various strategies and tactics some of the Masters have employed but these seem to be specific to a set of situations.