So I moved up to emperor, and tried something new, a continents science victory with IMHO a pretty strong civ, Darius I of Persia. The starting location was pretty much all I could ask for in terms of food but pretty garbage in terms of commerce (financial helped a lot though). I decided against an immortal rush after seeing England had swords fortified on a hilltop cap (the AI seems to love this tech). Oracle slingshot to CS meant commerce skyrocketed, allowing me to tech and produce crazily. Some catapults and swords later, England fell. The Zulu were a tougher nut to crack, because of their unit spam and because at this point I was basically bankrupt, at one point I think making negative income with 0% research. Still, I beat them with knights, trebs, cats, and maces (hybrid warfare was needed to keep losses low), and large amounts of whipping (this is the most I've used slavery in any game, I think). I managed to recover after courthouse spamming and building forbidden palace while running a mostly farm-based specialist economy (the lack of rivers was kind of disappointing on that map...). It turns out that my fears of being out-teched were unfounded, because Montezuma was on the other continent and couldn't science to save his life even on emperor. On the other hand, he had pretty much swallowed the entire continent, which was...worrisome, to say the least. After Kublai fell, it was a race to get the last few techs and launch before Monty could try something. But then, it turns out the Incans were literally 10 votes shy of winning AP diplo win. I was about 20 turns from science win at that point, and I thought the game was lost, until I cam up with a genius idea: give Huayna electricity, radio, and mass media so that he would obsolete the AP himself before he could win. As expected the AIs were too dumb to refuse free techs, so I won pretty handily, building some modern armors because I knew I couldn't trust Monty. Two turns after my t329 science win, Monty DOW'ed. I demolished his initial cavalry stack with modern armors, but at this point suffice to say I'm in no position to defend and would be definitely out-teched and outproduced in the long run, given how, y'know, everyone else in the world was his vassal by this point. Oh, and I nuked two of his cities, because why not. This was undoubtably the most intense game I've ever had. Was on the edge of my seat the entire time. After this, I think I can safely say I don't think I'm ready yet to move to immortal, not when there are civs that can effectively cannibalize 2/3 of the world while I'm not looking. Scary stuff. Seriously, the entirety of the other continent covered in Aztec green is kind of disturbing... Now on to the critiques. I feel like I definitely did a lot of suboptimal and "wrong" things even though I obviously did a lot right (because how else would I win on emperor, lol). So for your convenience I've posted a collection of all saves in that game, so you can go to whatever stage of the game you'd be interested in and nitpick on whatever you want. Here are all the saves (file size too large to upload normally): https://www.mediafire.com/?y77urv1nq6co6lk As an added bonus, I pose a challenge to everyone who wants to try: win a "second victory" by vassaling every other civ on the planet, including kicking Monty off his high perch and making him your lil b*tch. Have fun reading/playing/criticizing! PS: bonus points if you know what the civ and leader names are references to (they allude to separate things).