Hi, Have been playing Civilization forever, but still struggle to win Emperor level consistently. I win maybe 25% of the time (conquest style), usually around 1500 AD. I don't actually lose the rest of the games, I just abandon them if all seems hopeless. Main reasons for that are - Other civs have sped too far ahead in terms of technology (I give up immediately if another civ gets riflemen) - or, I lose a pivotal battle (more than once I have thrown 12+ catapults at a fortified city with Phalanx but fail to take it). - or something else terrible happens (ironclad appears and knock out a bunch of my ships) The really broad overview of how I play is... - Pure conquest all the way. Always building military units and sending them into battle. - Build as many cities as possible on my initial landmass. - Get wheel and knock out anyone else on my continent using chariots - Then go for navigation/mathematics and start preparing a flotilla of attackers - Always stay in despotism - Target the more advanced civs, even if they are not the largest, and knock out the capital city (hoping the civ doesn't have civil war), and then take the rest via diplomats causing revolts - if done aggressively enough, and hoping that no civ develops Gunpowder (in which case I have to go for metallurgy), then I can usually win. - improvements - only temple when necessary. Maybe marketplace in larger cities (as I will often switch to 100% tax to finance the revolts). I have found that focusing on technology is hopeless. Other civs are relentless in attacking, so I am in a constant state of war, so changing governments does not seem to provide much benefit. Taking time to build wonders reduces the military units I need to be constantly producing, so I do not bother with wonders. Besides, other civs will suddenly build them anyway, often rendering my time investment useless. I also don't build caravans (need all cities building military units) Most of my time is spent actually finding the other civs, particularly the smaller ones, I can spend hundreds of game years to find the ones that are tucked away (I always plan on the random generated maps) I know there are other tips and tricks (we love the president day, which, to be honest, I never use), but this is my overall strategy. But perhaps, after all this time, I am looking at things the wrong way?