Just finished my 3rd or 4th dramatic ages game. This time I did it on Island Plates, as Norway, on emperor. I never declared war on anyone (I did kill a civ early becuase they tried to invade me, but besides that, all peace) and won a science victory very early. The free city blob had a lot of coastal tiles to raid with naval melee/raider units and occaisonally land units, combining that with grandmaster's chapel and appropriate policy cards got my science skyrocketing. I was actually friends with everyone the whole game, except at the beginning, becuase I was technically very peaceful. No penalty for pillaging unaffilitated cities! It was pretty funny. Still, gimmick strats like this aside, I don't think I really enjoy dramatic ages that much. I find it a bit too stressful to have to recapture my own cities two or three times. I don't think I'll play with it again for quite a while, unless I think of some other gimmick to do. So far secret societies is the only mode that I think I'll keep active frequently, although still not all the time, since the AI clearly doesn't know how to use it (especially cultists) so I feel a bit cheesy taking advantage of it.