Hello everyone. First post. I'm pretty new to the Civ games. I just got Civ IV a month ago and have been hooked on it since. I discovered this forum a while back and have used it to get decent in a short amount of time. I've just moved up to prince and am winning pretty easily from reading the beginner's tips. My question is more of a novelty thing. How quickly can you get tanks. More importantly how can you maximize your beakers per turn? I read the quick space victory thread and people are saying they can get 10K-20K per turn?! That's bananas. At best I can get 4k-6k per turn (but around very late game like say the end of a space race). In my most recent game as Darius (on continents) I conquered my entire continent, Cottage spammed. Had a few good production sites. Found mining inc by around 1000AD and Sid's Sushi a little before that. Spread mining inc to all my production sites and ran them on wealth so I could research at 100%. I had oxford+wallstreet in my capital and had most of the tech improvements. I managed to get Tanks by the 1700s or so, and modern armor around 1850 (playing on marathon.) I tried it again as Huayna Capac on continents again and conquered the entire land area. I had more production cities and spread mining inc+sid's sushi, but I could only manage around 2000 beakers on 100% research and got to tanks around the 1800s. I like playing huge maps on Marathon settings, but I've played standard and normal speeds as well. Can anyone suggest a better tech strategy/tell me if I'm doing something wrong? I can post a screen in a sec. Does it all come down to micromanaging? If so what's the best way to micromanage? I feel like I'm at a plateau and can't generate more tech so any help is really appreciated. Thanks!