Hey guys. Finally moving to Civ4 after a while with Civ3 (I was a bad bad player though) and now I want to actually be good at the game. There are some things I don't understand though and I'd appreciate a hand. Wonders; As a bit of a tryhard, I get irritated whenever the AI beats me to a wonder and it often results in me trying to "overextend" with wonders instead of expanding or something. What wonders are actually worth taking? Military; I've gone through peaceful stages and warmongering on Civ3, but I can't tell the right way to be in Civ4. It seems awful hard to be a warmonger in Civ4 due to some great defensive units combined with negative diplo modifiers like being a warmongerous burden on society or whatever. Should I just try to culture flip people? Specialists; I hate using specialists. No real reason, just some prejudice that showed up. Are they actually that useful? Importance of Food vs Hammer Vs Commerce; What do I do? I gravitate toward floodplain/cow/pig land but often it leads to no hammer cities taking 2000 turns to actually build anything. Thank you for your time!