Thankyou very much MadDjinn, I have been studying all four parts, and I am sure I will be referring to them again from time to time. Thoughts - Looks like the Ottomans might finally be worth playing on Archipelago. Looks like the Germans might become a force to reckon with, watch out if they get their Panzers! I like the summary sugesting that ancient and classical era units will have more time to make an impact even on standard game speed. First civ I looked for was Arabia, shame there is still no absolute to their (bazar) double luxuries! Thanks again.