Civ games are often boring to me because I do the same strategy over and over and win, including after NFP. I wanted to know what others do. And to be clear, I am NOT a min-maxer - I don't sit there and make any calculations, I just move quickly. Also I only play Emperor, Standard map, Standard speed so I don't know if that's a factor. In every single game, no matter which Civ, I do the exact same thing: 1) Substantially conquer or eliminate one neighboring Civ by focusing almost 80% of production on military. Now I have twice as many cities as every other civ, at an early stage. This starts the snowball. At this point, I am likely behind all the civs in science and great person points. 2) Send delegations immediately to every civ I meet, which they almost always accept. This moves them into green smiley face. 3) Declare friendships immediately with all Civs with green smiley faces. Except in rare situations, the AI always accepts my friendship if they have a green smiley face. They do this even if I don't follow their agenda. I have always managed obtain 5 declared friendships, which on Standard map is nearly all Civs. At this point, I have immunized myself from war declarations except for 1-2 Civs on different continents which basically means i'm invincible. 3) Once I get alliance civic, I immediately convert all 5 Declared Friendships into 5 Alliances. Now I instantly have 5 alliances, further immunizing myself from wars from all 5. Every single Civ has agreed to transform a friendship into an alliance (sometimes demanding a laughably low amount of gold in the single digits) in every single game I have played. Because the alliance relationship factors are so huge, any leftover grievances from my early conquest of a neighboring civ is completely submerged. And of course I divert all my trade routes to allies and use the policy card that gets me food and production. 4) At this point (probably at Renaissance Era), I have won the game, as follows: - Diplomacy victory: b/c of my superior wealth, great person points, # of cities, I win every single worldwide challenge without breaking a sweat. None of the worldwide challenges requires me to do anything different, except maybe Send Aid a couple of times. Because I have 5 alliances (and more suzerains also due to snowball effect), I get tons of diplomatic points. In my current game I have 5x more diplomatic points than anyone else, and this was even after I get hit with the CO2 penalty (of which I am a leading cause) AND after I've conquered another civ's capital. - Cultural victory: This becomes incredibly easy. I often win Cultural Victories even when I don't create a single work of writing/art until the Renaissance or even Industrial age. By then I have snowballed into getting tons of great people, and then of course I do the rock band / seaside resort spam. - Science victory: I will grant that this is slightly more challenging. Because some Civs will remain ahead in tech, they might start spaceports early. However by this time I have maxed out on Spies. I train Spies in the exact same way each time: Level them up by stealing gold (the easiest one) to prep them to disable spaceports, and then I play Spaceport Whack-a-Mole which is tedious and not fun, but always stops their space race. - Conquest: I concede that this strategy does not easily lead to a conquest victory. Does anyone else do the same thing each time?