Hi guys, So I'm a newbie to Civ and have played my way religiously from Settler to Emperor in the last few months. I'm now trying to win Immortal game with Mali (I fell for his friendly face and heard they would be easy lol). Anyway here is reality: In the first game I spawned next to Alexander, who promptly took out my capital. In the second game my neighbors were Matthias and Alexander (again). Needless to say I was denounced and declared war against very quickly. After two rage quits I'm now on my third one. What is the general strategy to help Mali survive early game?