Is it just me or is religion victory op? On my first playthrough after installing the game, I picked Prince difficulty (4) and a random leader, which turned out to be Philip II of Spain. About halfway through, I realised the best way to win would be a religion victory, but it was too late to make that happen. On my second playthrough, I selected Philip, again on Prince. This time I had religion as my focus from the outset. I founded early, built a few Holy Districts, chose beliefs to make Missionaries cheaper and more powerful vis. the Mosque building, and then just spammed Missionaries and the odd Apostle until I won on turn 277, during the Renaissance, on the same evening. Winning by miles without having to alter my plans, without coming up against stiff resistance, and without once even coming close to armed conflict, and all this in about 3 or 4 hours, strikes me as very poor balance. Anybody else? Or was I just lucky? Or am I just a genius?