Hi, this is my first post. Hello. I've recently moved form Civ3 to C3C and am trying to move up the difficulty levels - currently doing well with the Celts at Emperor. I've noticed that since I updated to C3C (or it may have been when I updated to the latest patch), that i've NEVER been able to get a gpt deal for anything. Even if i offer 1000 gold or a tech no-one has for 1gpt, the advisor says that "they would never agree to such a deal" and the AI never accepts. Is this a bug, or is it much harder to get gpt on C3C? I'm always careful not to do stuff to jeopardise my reputation. It kind of makes keeping up with the tech race difficult at Monarch/Emperor - I prefer to go 0% science, Great Library and then hit the research when GL becomes obsolete and I'm a Republic with top infrastructure... TThing is, getting the GL can only get harder with larger maps and higher levels. At this rate, I'll never get to Sid level... Thoughts would be appreciated. Oh, and I'd also like to ask if the following is a tactic that usually works - I go for rapid expansion till even the worst land is filled - to keep up with this, I often keep 1 Spear per city for happiness, and put 2-3 in the border cities if the border's not too long. Now, whilst this is going on, a war with a neighbour is a bad idea - I want to make Settlers and Spears and Workers, not huge numbers of military units. War's an especially bad idea when the neighbour has a fairly good UU available - current game, the Hittites tried it on a few times with their 3-man chariots. Don't want to be triggering a GA for them... So as soon as i see them cross the border with their offensive stacks, I buy stuff off them for gpt to discourage attacking financially. I also sign RoP or sell them resources - I've read that the AI hates to break this sort of thing. So i do all that and the buggers STILL attack me. Does this tactic usually work? Or do I have a bug again? Any other tips?