As the thread title suggests, I'm not seeing a path to victory as Mongols on a standard map* (playing at Regent). Here's why: 1. I'm too far behind in tech to make the space race work. 2. Because of my tech situation, and being low on resources, my military forces are not strong enough for domination, much less conquest. (I can probably defeat the Celts, if I can get through india who won't give me an RoP, but that seems to be about it.) I cannot get coal because while the Iroquois have extra, they refuse to sell to me and I have nothing they want. I could try going after Carthage for its coal (defeating the Utica metropolis would probably do the trick), but again ... tech parity. 3. Diplomatic is possible once someone builds the UN ... I won't get to it first, I'm sure, but at least I'll qualify. 4. I started building culture stuff once I was behind enough in tech and resources (for a while there) that anything I could build was obsolete. 5. The game will not last long enough for me to reach a histograph victory, even though I'm current ahead in that regard. 6. A lot of the problem came from the beginning, when tech development took forever because of lack of funding. So basically I have no idea where to go from here, but I'm clearly not ready to throw in the towel just yet, as I've done with two of my last four Regent/Standard games. Any ideas out there? Am I just being pessimistic, or have I irretrievably blown it (notwithstanding I have older saves & could back up to an earlier save to move forward differently)? * I've also noticed I've lost my last few games on a standard map. I wonder if there's something about that many AI competitors that is throwing me off.