Another example: I start on emperor, playing Germans. I plan how I'm going to build some nice cities to cluster up those Hansa's, capturing any nearby CS's and so on. The first thing I notice is I'm surrounded by sea and mountains in quite nice spot but my access to even the closest CS's is blocked by India so I proceed to clear them out of the way. Seeing they have those elefants I build extra archers just to be sure and take out his first city when I have 8 of those plus a warrior (two additional settled cities and one bought builder at the time). At that point I feel like it'd be nice to stop the war and focus on what I was originally doing but I also notice that I won't be able to hold on to that city and that India now hates me as well as Indonesia (who I managed to get into war together but who made peace right away) and that the other Indian city or two are still on the way. So I have to raze the first one and keep the war going. Also, what would I do with the army that I have wasted so much production and gold on already? So I proceed to take out the India and then the Indonesia who has denounced me by then and so on and so on... When I'm down I can basically pick which victory I want to have. Another start turned into same boring drill. I fight the early war I really did not want and instead of playing to the strengths of my chosen civ and leader... Next I will try to significantly cut down the number of civs in the game.