I'm playing a game on emperor right now as americans, standard map, raging barbarians, blah blah. I have a fairly large continent to my lonesome and as such fell behind in tech. I've caught most of the way up towards the end of the middle ages by buying techs but I find now that the tech race is happening so quickly that I feel like I can't even use my units. All the computer opponents appear to be sharing pretty much everything with each other, I myself get a new tech every 6 to 10 turns. I just started making caravels in one city, but before my first caravel was done and could do much of anything I could make frigates. I tried to rearrange all my spears to make pikes but by the time they got back to their defensive positions I could make muskets. And some of my secondary core cities are still trying to build marketplaces! I just dont see how this can end unless the computers start killing each other, they keep almost no money in the treasury and seem to be all but abhorent research whores. Is this normal? am I doomed to just whizz through the tech race or fall behind by some insurmountable margin? I kind of wanted to do stuff with caravels and frigates and musketmen, but now its time to start pumping riflemen and making armies.