It's true, you know. Playing on King, & its been a very intense experience-but a fun one, nonetheless. I confess I've already save-scummed due to losing the Pyramids, my repeat run proved a little bit more successful (just from building Ancient Walls before war was declared.....& by using my envoys to remove Chandragupta's Suzerain Status with Preslav). The game got no less interesting after that. I ran into Saladin, who hailed from another Continent....but who was already making great inroads on my Continent via the spread of Islam. In spite of that, I tried to forge a religious alliance with him, & all seemed well at first. Sadly, I was mistaken. He was aggressively pushing my religion out of India, & had started to convert some of my cities.....in spite of several promises to the contrary. All I could do was sit back & watch, constrained by our alliance. Then he made his biggest mistake, converting the Confucian Holy City of Xi'an to Islam. This triggered an Emergency, & I was able to set to work-first by triggering an Inquisition then, as soon as the Alliance lapsed & my denunciations were done, I declared a Holy War against Saladin. I sent my Inquisitors to purge Islam from *all* of my cities, & sent my military units out to take care of his Apostles. Now I just have to hold out another 30 turns, & then I win the emergency. Meanwhile, India seems to be rebuilding its military, & I fear they may launch another war against me. Like I said, it certainly hasn't been dull, & I definitely feel like the AI has been holding its own throughout this game.