I've taken a liking to Becky, since I felt she was a good "jack of all trades" leader. She could easily fit into whatever victory type I decided I wanted to use. But any time I try to play on any difficulty above settler, I get my butt handed to me. Is it because I'm picking a bad character, or is it because I just suck? Becky's traits seem like good jack-of-all-trades traits. Philosophical helps me with spamming great people (btw, do Great Generals also get their production doubled? I haven't figured that out yet), which, as I understand it, are essential to nearly any high-end gameplay. And her financial trait (which is complimented nicely by her Stock Exchange) can help me, effectively, buy my way through the game. Spamming cottages & gem, silver, and gold mines to get maximum commerce, and then building culture for a culture victory, using universal sufferage in order to spam production for a Space Race victory, maintaining huge armies for a conquest victory, or getting huge amounts of spare change to gift to my neighbors for a diplomatic victory. Her starting techs aren't that bad either. Fishing gives me immediate access to a food source, and mining means I can get a head start on my production. The only real drawback I can see to using her is that ... well ... her Redcoat is kind of mediocre. The only problem is ... I tend to be six feet under in most games above Settler (and Settler is pretty pathetic; the game basically just LETS you win, at that difficulty) long before we even reach gunpowder. So her mediocre unique unit cannot possibly be the problem. So, what's the problem? Becky, or me?