Righty. Been a little obsessed with civ3 for the last couple of years. Think in my previous incarnation as a gamer I was probably sometimes beating it on warlord, but now I've moved up to monarch, where I'm consistently getting my a$$ handed to me, needing to get lucky just to be on an even footing at basically any point. Before I moved up, I was beating regent more than 50% of the time. I've read a handful of things on here, some articles and threads, and implemented them; I've discovered some tricks for myself, as well as tried to be a lot more pernickety about decisions. I'll load up an autosave from time to time, but with the random seed preserved - I very much try to avoid taking advantage of new information either, but, rather, the learning process would seem way too lengthy if I can't correct a mistake for this game. I tend to play with Persia or Sumeria, as I like scientific leaders. I used to go for a few early wonders but on this difficulty level don't usually bother until perhaps copernicus. I no longer rush for my first settler, but instead try to build up my capital to level 4, with a granary and barracks. I try to keep my cities close and packed, unless there are luxuries around. I try to balance my production and growth with micromanagement on my main cities, but sorta can't be bothered too much after 1000 years or so - is this a sticking point? I try to build up my defence and attack forces and try to attack when I feel like I have an advantage and the timing is right. When playing Persia, whose uu is immortals @ 4.2.1 instead of swordsman, i make sure to play a young world so there's more iron around. If not playing a scientific civ, I'll turn off the scientific leaders option. Where appropriate, I've also started pop-rushing, but by the sounds of it I'm not doing it enough - for whatever reason, I can't find the right sort of opportunities for it, or I'm doing it wrong or something. I try to keep my workers central, unless for the sakes of luxuries and resources and trading. Relevant .sav included. Thanks in advance guys.