I played a game up to 1634AD with Fred, SE-tastic, no cottages built at all. However I'm on the big continent with 4 other civs (well not Huayna Capac anymore), so I don't think conquest is on the cards. Monty is pleased but "Has enough on his hands right now", had to declare on Kublai (who I already had a war with after beating Saladin down to 1 city) when he had a huge stack of Knights and Trebs next to Mecca, while upgrading them to cavalry, but I haven't got enough troops so will probably lose 3 cities, I alredy razed one of his in revenge. He has a nice naval production city I was eyeing up for Ironworks (already have HE/West Point and 2 settled GGs in my military production city). I'm probably going to try another game before finishing this one off, if I finsh it at all. I can't see a conquest with only 2 peaceful civs on the other continent (Cyrus and Gandhi), my plan was to kill everyone on my continent except Monty (who has been a war ally vs. Saladin, but he vassalized Sally peacefully when I couldn't finish him off due to Kublai's border pop preventing me from reaching his last city), raze the other continent then backstab backwards Monty for the win. I have a military lead on Kublai but will prbably have to wait for Panzers to finish him off, I had planned to use Panzers to finish off the other continent. I could easily have won space race or domination I think but the conquest thing would be too tricky. I'll probably try another start, hoping for a 4:3 split civs wise on each continent. Fred was pretty good though, no offensive war until cavalry bulding a healthy tech lead with pyramid representation and caste system, then police state/slavery/theocracy for smashing Saladin and a bit of a bite from Kublai. Kublai built too many troops though. Monty was my attack dog but with his WHEOOHRN I think he'll try and invade during the war with Kublai that is ongoing at the moment. I should have waited until Kublai declared but I thought I could hold him off with a few rifles, not enough though. They seem very ineffective against his combat 3 cavalry. All my blitz cavalry kept dying in the war against Saladin. I think I'll take combat 4 first before giving them blitz in future.