So I'm new to this game, this being my first time playing civilization and I love it. My game has max graphics set on my laptop and its just a huge amount of fun. The problem I am having is that I keep on losing! I am playing Civ5 and domination. If I'm lucky, I can make it to the industrial age. Usually, I get conquered before then. Usually around the medieval age or so. For example, I played today at work and France invaded me. At the time, I had 3 cities, about 450 gold, making 20 a year/turn, two archer divisions, and two swordsmen. So they invaded and I allowed them enter my nation and I solely stuck to defense for my bonuses. During the course of this war, I must have killed five or six of their units by maneuvering my men for set attacks on exact divisions and with the cities attacking. Then right as I thought it was over, I clicked end turn. Then, six more units marched in. I flipped out in anger ha. So they killed my units off and just took my cities. So, here is where I can use help. I was having a problem getting gold before but I think I have figured that out now. How on earth can I build a standing military that I can afford? Is there a rule I should keep? Say 3 units per city or something? It was almost like France was using some sort of cheat for endless gold or units. They had so many and I only have four total. Not to mention, they were only making 10 gold a turn! Any help or tactics please? I have played 8 times on prince now and not won yet ha. I keep getting ran over by the super armies.