As a complete new player to this game (and gaming in general actually) I REALLY appreciate this thread. I downloaded CivV Campaign Edition before a recent business trip overseas. Didn't expect to even open it but I couldn't sleep on the plane and decided to check it out. Totally hooked me. I must have played for 40 hours on my trip. And again, I really don't play any other games. Anyway, despite playing for 40 hours I don't have a lot of time to research this platform and most threads are pretty detailed and way beyond my experience. This thread is a great idea and again I really appreciate it. I hope you don't mind if I ask a couple very random questions kinda related to some of the above strategy tips: How soon can you start thinking about a domination play? IS there a rule of thumb here? For example, I conquered my continent by turn 216 but there are lots of other countries out there. I have gifted a couple units to city states and there seems to be no benefit (as mentioned above) Am i missing something? How quickly can another AI win, culturally or scientifically? Rule of thumb...So if Im screwing around on my own while far off AIs are advancing, what are the signs to look for that they may be getting close to a non-military win? And similarly, at a high level, how long do these games generally go? Do they all go to the modern era? Or do you sometimes win in earlier days? THANKS to all!