And you don't play the game for fun? Of course you do. It's just that the fun for you is in maxxing out your strategy and the tech web doesn't enhance the Civ BE experience for you. I get that you're trying to belittle his opinion by insinuating that he is playing the game in an inferior manner, ie. 'you play for fun' = you're just a casual player therefore your opinion is inferior to mine. <slow hand clap> But it's ALL about having fun. I play first and foremost to have fun and to win second. If I lose the game but I have fun, that was still a 'win'. My own play-style with this series, and any other 4x game played against a computer opponent is role-play. Is this superior to your max-efficiency style of play? Of course it isn't and neither is yours although you will get more kudos/cred/respect on these boards if you are an Apollo/Endless/whatever level player. There are different ways to enjoy these games. I read this in your response to Gorb: So, in your opinion, I am allowed to do 'bad' things because I play on lower difficulty levels? I argue that I can do more fun things in my game. I am having fun playing Civ BE and you're not. Which one of us is spending their time doing something 'less than optimal'? Like so many features in this game, the tech web is far from perfect and if this game gets some extra loving from the developers, I expect it will see some improvements, especially along the lines that will increase the challenge and choices available to the max-efficiency Apollo player. As you have pointed out, it clearly fails to present the max-efficiency players with interesting choices because of the bonuses the AI gets but then, most players are not max-efficiency players and so it is not a fail for us.