Hey, i started a game last week as the dutch on a continents map. Sounds easy right?? Yea, thats what i thought at first but after exploring i was cramped in between 4 other AI; Julius Ceasar to the south, Sully east of JC, Cyrus to the north and the Chinese between me Cyrus and Sully. I successfully rushed Julius (Capturing the great wall so i didnt have to worry about barbs) and my tech crashed to 20%. I actually managed to bring my tech rate back up to 60% using currency, tech trades and civil service (Bureaucracy and the financial trait are awsome!!) However, and this is my problem, cyrus captured a barb city near me and built 3 more cities connecting that city with the rest of his empire(as if he didnt need any morehttp://forums.civfanatics.com/images/smilies/frown.gif).Sully has also built a bunch of cities but he's pretty bad on tech. As for the chinese they filled in the rest with cyrus and kept to themselves (I know that the chinese are protective and industrious not imperlistic) Im just looking for some advice on what to do. Should i take on Sully with maces elephants and catapults, then the chinese and cyrus with rifles and cannons or should i wait for tanks and infantry and take them all on at once? Or maby i should restart and rush cyrus instead.Any suggestions? By the way im playing on noble level and this is my 6th noble game and i have another game as the dutch started just in case this dose go bad and im looking for a domination or diplomatic win.