I need a little help beating civ with the following settings.. Deity, Pangaea standard map, standard pace, India. I'd like to build a wide empire and beat the map with domination. I guess i could get it to work if i have an amazing start, but i'm not a big fan of restarting endlessly or of legendary starts. I've tried a number of times and i run into similar troubles. The setback in happiness hurts early on and i have troubles overcoming that setback. If i build more than 3 cities i run into unhappiness too early. If i wait longer with cities, the good spots are taken. I'm guessing the way to go is to build 2 max 3 cities, grow them a little bit, and attack AI with CBs (or wait longer? get nc and all, but then i feel like i'm not going wide. i want to expand, quickly!) and forget about settling more cities yourself (after all, by then the good spots will be taken). However, when i do that my empire also gets unhappy. in my last game i had 4 cities, all decent spots, had a religion, and attacked a neighbouring civ with Colossus GL and HG in their capital. and had -15 and -20 happiness in no time (the city didn't have new luxuries). rebels, 2 civs attacking me, a big mess. I held them all off, somehow, and then they allied neighbouring city states with knights and all and they took 2 cities in one turn woops. didn't see that coming. However, i also shouldn't have waited much longer, as the AI was getting a lead on science with their decent-sized cities. So my question is, how to start and get over this happiness "threshold", but still have an aggressive and wide tactic?