Hi everyone! First things first: Im a newbie newcomer. I have been roaming here from time to time, never daring stepping into this hardened veteran community. I like the game, but i dont know if ever will have the level to be a constructive member (Im a noob,Im sick, etc) It basically boils down to a one way request of help . Saladin pangaea on prince. Turn 160: Im at war with Sumeria, the close neighbour whom I razed one city early to settle Damascus. I basically rushed settling on the west to secure the sumerian border and snatch the wines (first three cities are Medina Baghdad and Damascus). I then discovered very juicy ground in the south that i proceeded to rush settling, since it got lot of grasslands, hills, and bonus ressources (whats more to ask?). I noticed that the AI was not rushing. As I have space and good land, I settled for space (never won by space, only conquest and culture on noble, standard continent). I was set up on manageing growth of the empire when resenttul mischief Sumeria invaded, took Damascus ( I had not prepared for him invading since i was sharing his religion thanks to missionary spamming Izzy), that I wrested back from him. As he was losing my defending war, I proceeded to invading and took Ur in the SE. ------------------------- Early game was quite logical for me (even if its a noob logic), but now I have arrived at the point, already experienced in other aborted games, of feeling 'lost'. I have no more logic to follow, every step feels like a potential pitfall. Its not the first time so I came here wailing for help blush, in case some charitable guide would be so kind as to examine the clumsy scribbling of a toddler . I dont even know if going on with the war is a good idea (conquest was simpler: conquer all ).Land is good but wars are costly, and there are new frontiers with more more powerful AIs. Izzy and Suleiman are delopping in my backyard, which frightens me, even if they are pleased buddhist allies. I am really bad at teching. I dont know which block to join, staying in the buddhist one or betraying later and going in the hinduist. I really dont know what to do (apart from settling cities on the west). Thanks for your attention.