I came back to this game after a hiatus of a couple of years to give it another try. I loved Civ II, but I never liked Civ III because I thought that the AI cheated and I got totally frustrated when my rival civs were so far advanced and I was always outnumbered. My latest tries at the game have reinforced that feeling. I am in my third game as the Americans at Warlord difficulty using almost all the default settings. I'm up to 1545AD against three rivals (Maya, Zulu, and unknown.) No one will trade or negotiate with me for anything even though I have given in to all their demands. I can't even trade maps. I don't understand why this is. In addition, I am in last place in all victory categories although I have been balancing my advances, buildings, and units in both culture and military (only because I am so far behind militarily.) I can support about 18 military units. I have about 70, but I'm still weak compared to Zulu and about equal to Maya! I can hardly ever build a wonder before someone else does. And all my rivals are more advanced than me. I have about a third of the number of cities as my rivals, even though I have sent out settlers as soon as I could. I am no stranger to strategy games and I have read the tips on this forum and elsewhere. Any ideas why this is happening? This is WARLORD setting, for Pete's sake! I'm about to give up on this game for good unless I figure out what's going on.