I have been playing this game a long time, and I still don't really get some aspects it. I always go for a cultural or science victory. Building tons of units and going to war just seems to bog down your civilization. Wasted production, unhappiness from conquering cities, and what do you get out of it, a crappy city that contributes little to your empire. Instead you could be focusing on growing a strong empire, when you go to war it just diverts all your resources and eventually you fall behind the other players. What am I missing here.... how can I grow a strong empire that is happy, advanced in culture and science (both very important to have a powerful military - conquering cities is hard!) ... and win a domination victory? What am I not getting here? Do you just wait until the end game to go to war? At which point you could probably easily win a science victory? Taking every capital on the map seems like an extremely daunting task even with an extremely powerful military. In vanilla, I have only played up to difficulty 5, usually I play Prince.