Thx for the compliment. I took part in 2 SGOTMs, but just couldn't stand the lengthy discussions. Even with liking everybody in my team, it was just too much for me to read 3 pages of posts every day, posts that really have to be understood, and making a pre-play-plan was pure horror. Micro in CIV is so easy, it's the gambles and the decisions one has to make without knowing the best outcome that are hard, I just couldn't believe I'd have to post every , and in single. I understand that this is necessary, especially because of players that aren't such micro-maniacs that check every city every turn like me, but all the insecurity of some others just scared me off. I wanted to find players that are so much more experienced like me, that they don't have those insecurities, but seems everybody playing CIV has them. Regarding random AIs: You should definately choose your opponents, it's something that makes a map easier by at least 30%. Choose some high peaceweight and low peaceweight AIs, so the AIs hate each other and go to war frequently. Take AIs, with which you possibly can share the favourite civic, so you have an easy time diplomacy wise. I personally have good experience with Frederick, Lincoln and Roosevelt as high peaceweight AIs, they also build very few units, and good low peaceweight AIs are De Gaulle, Brennus, Peter and Pacal. Just be aware that Peter can get very strong and also builds quite a lot units, but as he trades easily and likes to run Bureacracy, it's usually easy to make friends with him. De Gaulle usually is plain weak because he techs so slow and Pacal likes Hereditary Rule, so is perfect for any games without Mids, and this game could be one of those, because with 8-14 civs, Mids can go very early and are a large investment anyhow. Just stay away from the unit spammers (Ragnar, Mehmed, Monte...) and you'll be good. And don't forget that this game is Marathon, so units are cheaper. AI is usually bad at warfare, so this game is maximum random Immortal niveau, only that the tech-rate will be faster.