Hi guys, first post for me, but have been lurking and learning for a while. My problem is with Emprorer level. Basicly, I just can't seem to crack it. I usually play Elizabeth 1st, I like the traits she has, on a Pangea map normal size and speed. This is on "vanilla" Civ4. I normally start of pretty well, holding my own with IA. keeping pace with all the other civs by trading technologies,perhaps having a short war to grab a the odd city, but then, in a VERY short space of time I find myself about 4 techs behind 3 of the other civs. And its the same techs for each civ, as though they have all suddenly got the same 4 techs at the same time. The other civs I match or better, but can never catch up with the leading 2-3 Civs. I have tried invading the civs that I equal, or better in weapons and technologies, but never can get enough land for a domination victory, and In the meantime one of the other civs will complete the space race. SO...... any tips or advice gratefully recived. Best starting strategies. What techs to go for first. (I know this is heavily dependant on city location) Best Wonders Best order to "grow" wariors/settlers/workers. Would I do better playing Warlords or BtS? Any tips at all really. Thanks in advace.