I'm mostly a peaceful player, always have been. But it gets boring sometimes and I want to play as a warmonger. Problem is, in Civ 5 I can never seem to do it. The main problem I have is the economy. If I build enough units to take cities, my unit maintenance is so high that my research more or less stops. I have heard people suggest to make money by pillaging, but in my most recent attempt the Indonesians had settled a city right next to my empire, far from their capital, and there were no improvements to pillage. I managed to raze the city, but after it was all over my economy was in the toilet. It just never seems worth it, with unit maintenance being what it is. My understanding from these forums is that you should be able to found 2 cities and conquest from there. But this doesn't feel like enough to support an army. So what am I doing wrong? I know I'm not building too many units, because the taking of that one, weak city was barely possible with the army I had built (Archers, Spearman, Warriors). Edit: If anyone could point me to an example game involving early war that would be appreciated. I would like to see how somebody makes it work without their economy crashing.