At higher difficulties is it necessary to abuse RA's/GS's? The scenario: Standard map, standard speed. Difficulty 6 or 7. I start out at a good pace, the civs near by fall before me. Yet the mystery civ on the other side of the map (continent) is racking up the points score. 1400's approach, and I make a push toward this top civ. When I reach his empire, what do I see? The entire thing is covered in artillery guns and rifle/infantry. 1400 AD. The above is a common scenario; there always seems to be a civ or two that gets a good map spawn, covers a large area of the map, and blazes through the tech tree. It is difficult to wage war across oceans as is, but pointless if it is knights up against artillery and above. So what is the answer? More focus on targeting top civs early? Or do I need to succumb to RA/GS abuse?