I was lucky to pick up a copy at one of the numerous shops around here, though each one only ordered 1 copy of the game! The game is absolutely AMAZING, I love everything about it. The new additions really flesh-out an already great game. Anyway... One thing I'm curious about is the performance of the game. Many have said the game runs better and smoother than Warlords or vanilla. My experience so far is that it runs a little less smooth. I don't know what it is. Have others experienced this? The game used to run pretty well with Warlords unless I was playing a Huge Map and got many turns into the game. With BtS, even on the Standard size maps that I play on with the standard number of civs, I'm still experiencing a little bit of "choppy" movement of the screen every now and then. Even when hailing a leader or pressing a function key to bring up a menu, there's a slight pause. I don't know... it's nothing really that bad, just a little annoying.