I'm a newbie to the site, awesome wealth of info--you guys are the best!! I'm about to takle the diety levels. I need help with the following questions: 1. Is the Oracle worth pursuing? It's an expensive wonder and it SEEMS (strictly surmising) that the combat points total is a pretty good indicator anyway as to who wins. 2. Are the era bonuses cumulative? I know some aren't, like for example Roman 1/2 price roads--they're not available in the modern era--but others are, like the Aztec 50% gold. Am I wrong there? 3. What is the optimum amount of cities? I know this has been covered but I'd like to hear it again from a pro--I want to know what everyone prefers. 4. I've heard that the multiplayer isn't fun because there are a lot of guys that are just so good that they end up killing players like me who, while decent, aren't good enough to play with the best. Anyone know how to make MP better? 5. When can I expect the eras to change? For example I'm the Germans in my game and I need to know when the 2% gold takes over in the modern era...can you guys tell me what triggers EACH of the eras? I looked it up in the game guide and I can't find anything. Thanks...you guys rule.