I can't figure it out but I've been playing on King trying to get better but the other civs by turn 30 already have 5-10 military units, a second city, and are sometimes taking over a CS. Sometimes though I get to turn 100 and realize I'm literally winning in every victory type. I click esc and see the difficulty = 4. I'm playing on Prince. How am I getting stomped just one difficulty up when I stomp the Prince level so hard. I don't know if I'm exploring too far/building to many scouts early on or if I'm just not focusing enough on one thing. Any thoughts? EDIT:Just won my first King game on turn 210ish with a religious victory. A few slingers in the beginning made a big difference and by about move 90 I had no contest. Ended up taking some of cleo's cities just for more production without having to make settlers. By around move 130 when I took the cleo cities I had 1st in everything until the victory.