How do you know... ... that you'll have an awful map full of tundra and desert ? You have a great start with 3 food resources and marble or stone in your capital's cross. ... that Isabella is on the map ? The game hasn't fully loaded yet and Buddhism has already been founded in a far away land. ... that Pacal is on the map ? The Oracle has been built in a far away land before 2000 BC. ... that Huayna Capac is on the map ? Every wonder you've ever heard about has been built in a far away land. ... that Mansa Musa is on the map ? You're researching Civil Service and he's the first to discover Liberalism. ... that Gandhi is on the map ? Seven great generals were born in a far away land the last turn. None was his. ... that Saladin, Isabella or Justinian is on another continent ? Nobody around you has a clue of what a religion is before 1500 AD. ... that you need to train more axemen ? You've just been greeted by Shaka, Monty, Ragnar and Genghis. .. that you're in for a world of pain ? You're near a Caesar, he has iron, and he doesn't like you. ...that you're one turn away of circumnavigating the globe ? Every civ you know pops on the screen and asks to trade maps. ... that you've just discovered a really cool tech ? Joao pops on the screen and asks for it. ... that you really should build a bigger army ? Asoka asks a tribute. ... that you've trained more than five axemen ? Gandhi wants to become your vassal. ... that you're not doing so good ? "The most advanced civs" panel pops on the screen, and you don't find your name in the list. ... that Civ A will attack Civ B this turn ? Both pop on the screen and ask you to join the war. ... that your enemy is about to capitulate ? Somebody else declares war on him. ... that you really should learn to read the Diplomacy panel ? You declare war on someone, and the whole world declares war on you. ... that your enemy rules the Apostolic Palace ? Every trade you have gets canceled every twenty turns. And the whole world declares war on you. ... that you have too much time on your hands ? You read this thread, and continue it.