Hi, Just purchased over the weekend, and have played William of Orange up to about 1700 so far. I've eliminated my two closest neighbors, but only after a struggle. Combat is refreshingly different. I started attacking one of Pacal's cities, but was beaten back by ranged, and had to alter my approach because of the terrain. I went over water to capture another city, and then attack from the open south. It was really a struggle. My cannons then made mincemeat of Spain's cities, and now I'm headed for Siam, who is the last enemy on my Continent. Faith and Religion are really fun. I was only third to get a Pantheon, after getting friendly with the Vatican, and not realizing the power of early Shrines. Now, my Christianity is spreading like wildfire, and choosing the +1 happiness per city with Christianity is really paying off. Only just dabbled with Espionage and had my Spy rig an election. Now I'm sending him back to my Capital to try to intercept enemy spies. The upgrade path for units is now seamless and makes great sense now. Upgraded all my Longswordsmen to Musketmen, and it was great to be actually able to upgrade a Trireme to a Caravel. Elizabeth is somewhere off in the World, and is actually keeping up with my tech progress. On the latest survey, we both had 38. I would easily have outstripped my opponents by this stage in the base version. I'm a casual player, and I only play on Warlord, but this expansion is really great IMHO. Cheers.