I've repeatedly witnessed players clear entire continents with 2-3 rival civs by 1000AD or even earlier on these forums, and I can't for the world of me fathom how they manage to do so No matter how hard I try I rarely accomplish such a feat before 1500AD, even at Prince level and with an excellent early UU (say, Egypt or Persia) And at Epic speed as well, just for the record. Either I chop and whip like a madman, optimising overflow as much as possible and working high-hammer tiles when available but then I tend to witness my economy plummet beyond the STRIKE limit before I'm halfway through (and yes, all this while keeping only the very best rival cities and pillaging where possible) Most of the time however I just cannot field an army large enough to overcome the other civs. There's always at least one city with a) many fortified archers on a hill or b) protective archers or c) huge cultural defenses (e.g. holy city) and/or walls, which ends up costing me a dozen or so troops to capture, usually bringing my advance to a grinding halt for many turns to come. Also, producing a large army quickly usually requires several cities, often pointing back to the former case (upkeep issues) So what's the secret then? Is it just a matter of luck or am I missing out on something obvious? Or does this tactic perhaps only work with the appropriate resources (e.g. several early gems/gold/silver tiles)? Above all, is it really worth aiming for in the first place?