Okay, so I have been playing for a couple weeks now and can not seem to learn from my mistakes. I'm trying to beat the game on Noble mode before I dream of doing anything else (ie. play online). Here's the rub: I settle my first city on the spot I'm first placed at the beginning of the game. I like to play Catherine of Russia, so that way I get a Scout. I send him off while I build a warrior and then a worker (the warrior to protect and the worker to start this chop rushing I hear everyone talking about). Tech-wise, I always beeline to alphabet and the metal working techs, and animal husbandry only if I have animals nearby. I try not to always follow the computer's suggestions to expand and build buildings when they tell me to. I build whenever an option is available. I usually end up making twenty archers per city while waiting for techs to research. My points are always dead last in the scoreboard. I fend off barbarians and attack their city when I get the chance and usually raze it when I win. Alexander or Ghengis will usually declare war on me at this point, regardless of how nice I've been to them. I EVEN GIVE INTO DEMANDS JUST TO AVOID A WAR!!! This is what I usually do and it never seems to work. I don't know why what I'm doing is wrong or what I can do to improve. I can sometimes end up making it to the end of the game (2050) but I always come in dead last. I get squeezed into a corner and I can no longer expand. I'm always working on nukes when someone else wins a space race or diplomacy. Any suggestions or pointers? Anything glaring that I'm doing wrong?