My timing was just a hair off with the Education bulb, and I obviously missed it this time. I don't think the missed overflow was too hateful, but yeah, admittedly a bad mood. Binary research is something I have to actively tell myself to do! I've been really bad about it this game for sure. For the record, I've played a little bit into the next round--just enough to get Caravels into the water and scout the other continent. Here's what I found... Spoiler : You all mentioned a Charismatic leader and an Expansive one? Washington! He shares a continent with Mansa and Saladin. Mansa and George are both into the Tao, while Sal's a Christian. Not a lot of love there--I suspect the war I alluded to in the post was between Sal and George. The best part? After discovering them all, I can reasonably conclude that, yes, Pacal is the tech leader. The trade toward Optics (and a subsequent trade for cash since I SUDDENLY NEEDED TO UPGRADE SOME OF MY GARRISONS AT MESA VERDE HMM I WONDER WHY) put him into WFYABTA territory, but George and Mansa are good for quite a few techs (Sal is way backward). So the game is definitely winnable. I think tomorrow evening I'm going to try to play through to the end just to put this game behind me (though I'll stop if I hit a big decision point). Like I said, it's been a bit of a slog, so I'd rather get it over with and move on to another game. It's certainly been different from the last two comparatively simple games, but I don't want to get too bogged down with this one game. I did roll the dice for the next game (if there is one) when I found the other continent, and the next leader is going to be... Spoiler : ...Washington! So we'll have that to look forward to as well.