I have recently gotten back into playing Civ V after not playing for some time. I stopped right around when God's and King's was released. I wanted to sit down and play Civ but I wasn't sure I wanted to learn an entirely new game when there was a perfectly good expansion for the one I already knew how to play. Now, I was never very good. A few lucky breaks here and there and I could get through a Diety game by constantly restarting from a save point and learning from my mistakes. I could beat Immoral maybe 20% of the time....and it always came down to the wire. I usually played Emperor. That was about what I topped out at for Civ 1-4 as well. Admittedly, I tailor most of my maps to be slanted towards my Civ. I do islands if I'm playing a Civ like Polynesia or Japan. I played the inland lakes map when I played the Aztecs. I just wanted to make sure to be able to use their unique ability. I started on king and won pretty handily. I jumped right up to Immortal and found that I could dominate on there. I find myself trying to win in some of the new ways (Tourism, Religion) but always seem to end up running away with the game and holding back from a science win. I don't necessarily follow a set plan. Because the AI in this version seems really bad at warfare, I can get away without building many military units. This last game I held off 4 civs for 30 turns. The weakest came after me (Atila). The others came at me like, 3 units at a time. With most Civs it seems I can just drop four cities down and win by following tradition and then random pathways and dominate, sometimes without even fighting enough to earn a great general. Maybe it just clicked easy for me because I played a lot in the past, but this expansion seems way easier than any other version of Civ.