Managed to win a few games at monarch, 1 at emperor and then 1 at immortal in the last two weeks. So I decided to go out on a limb and try deity... Expanded to 3 cities by 1000 BC. Genghis Khan is neighbor and he unfortunately got horsies. Expanded to a 4th after the attached save, and then got crushed by keshiks. My copper was very vulnerable, being right near his border, and was pillaged immediately. Didn't have any techs to bribe other AI's on him -- GS-bulbed Math was not useful. The list of things I think I could do better the moment I saw Khan was my neighbor. Shoulda realized that I would be the natural target. - Should have scouted him out - Should not have expanded to 4th city, and instead spent hammers on Walls and spearmen instead of settler and 2 more workers - Should not have researched Masonry for my marble -- should have been in survival mode rather than wonder-bread mode - Should have self-researched Archery knowing that my copper was so vulnerable Not sure any of this would have done more than delay the inevitable, but you guys have any thoughts? I feel like walls + spears (keshik counter) + a chariot or two (axe counter) would give me a fighting chance at survival. Probably would get pillaged to hell and never dig myself out though. What's worse than being landlocked next to Genghis (with horses) on Deity...?