Alright rather than beat around the bush or assault Thal with questions I'll just ask here and see if I can get a bit of handholding when it comes to doing a good Conquest game using GEM/CivUP. I tried two with Japan (even in Vanilla I've never used Japan or Genghis Khan and iirc GK may be better for city-state assaults but I Japan is the itch that needs scratching) and pretty early ran into money problems. GEM gives you a fair bit of starter coin which rolls in a lot because you kill barbs but as I try to build out I also try to build up to get pop to work mines/mills so I can build some units up. I try to get Hanging Gardens to do this but it didn't work for either game. Usually for sheep/deer they'd be my only "food" tiles and the rest if I build any others will be production or trading posts and within my city itself I'd try to just keep granary, stables and production-ish buildings). But money got tight and eventually I was about -16 gpt after killing all but one worker. My thinking is that I built up too much to support my armies and maybe I just didn't conquer with a good tempo. I'd ask for feedback in the form more of "here's what you SHOULD do" rather than "what you did was dumb" but criticism is criticism.