Hi guys, I would be delighted if you could answer me some newbie quetions (except Colonization, my last experience with Civ was in Commodore Amiga): 1 - How do I increase my gold? 2 - I noticed that growing a city does not exactly mean the increase of the percentage for getting independence and consequently victory. What is the key for faster independence? I try to bring more and more people to cities but it doesn't get better though. 3 - Is there any particular timing when should we start diplomacy? 4 - I see a lot of pictures in the map with resources like food, fish, etc. Can we make colonists or any others pick up food we see in the territory? 5 - With what percenteage do we get victory? Do we need to get such percenteage in every city you build? 6- After getting "victory", do we pass for for another level? Thanks guys. Please help me, I'm getting desperate and I feel I just need to understand these few important issues in the game. Regards, Ludgi.