After all the complaining about the AI being too passive during the AI Battle Royal did they dial up the aggressiveness? Game 1 Rome King double DoW by England and Spain with warrior horde. Started off with unfriendly and then quickly denounced. Held off with archers and legions came online soon after. Cleared continent went to Mars. Game 2 random Emperor got Scythia. Sumeria conquers 3 city states while buddies with Japan, I get one envoy and get denounced by Japan, both started as unfriendly. I start the war when a settler walks into my capitol. Cleared continent then cleared the next with endless cavalry swarm. Game 3 random Emperor Inland Sea, got Germany in a bad tundra start. Meet Russia denounced for no culture and science and masses troops on border. I start war with archers too avoid the first hit. Take peace deal and some art. On the other side is Scythia. Again massed horsemen on border so I start the war to get the first shots in. had defendable terrain and fight to a draw with pikes and crossbows. Now universally hated as a warmonger. I borg up the tundra I have and go to Mars. Several abandoned games with all being swarmed with early warriors by first civ, all fought off successfully but abandoned for other reasons like mistakes in pantheon or just not enjoying Egypt. Current game Spain Emperor really bad tundra start Inland Sea. Meet Egypt on turn 5, she denounces and masses warriors. Fought off and eradicated her with archers. Meet Scythia next door whose cleared a few city states so I take the two city states I find as a buffer. Massed horsemen along border. On the other side I meet India who denounces me and has an army marching towards the other side. Not sure I can pull this one off. My starting build order is now slingerx4 and beeline archery because war is sure to happen as soon as I meet anyone. All strategy quickly goes to war, first for survival and then why not keep at it as everyone now hates you. P.S. Does anyone else hate meeting Scythia? The AI might not be good at war, especially focus firing ranged units but a massive mobile zerg army of powerful horses it can handle very well.