i have played about 10 - 12 games (pure vanilla) starting at cheiftain, moving to warlord (3 each), and am currently at regent and to this point have won by domination (with the exception of one game where i dropped back a level to play the babs to get a culture victory). only won by domination because i haven't gotten the tech to even build tanks yet on any of my games (standard to huge maps). anyway, i have never "built" wealth. i don't consider myself a warmonger (though i would say i lean that way) because i tend to have a marketplace and library (or temple) in just about every city and sometimes rax, harbor, aqueduct, etc. i also tend to build some wonders after the ancient age, and factories when the time comes. but i don't really consider myself a builder because there are lots of things i do not build and after the rex phase, i am almost always fighting someone(s). i guess i don't know why warmongers would build wealth when they could be building units and why builders would build wealth when they could be building improvements. so what i'd like to know what i'm missing, because i see people posting screen prints that have fairly large modern cities building WEALTH. so i have some questions, assuming someone is not going to point me to a link, and if i recieve really good response, i'll try to summarize it later. i have listed some questions and put my guess in parenthesis at the end 1) how does wealth work? i know you get more after discovering econ. is it one gold per sheild or some other ratio? 2) is it affected by corruption/waste (only get it from your blue sheilds)? 3) is it like commerce and goes to both gold and science or does it go straight to the treasury? 4) for that matter, does it impact the lux slider? 5) is there an advantage (bonus) if you are a commercial civ? 6) unless you are getting more that 4 gold per sheild, why build it (considering you could rush something for 4 gold per shield)? 7) or are you building wealth because you are tired/bored of micromanaging a city's production and will buy stuff with your wealth on an as needed basis? 1) i would guess it is 1 gold per sheild after econ, half that before 2) i would guess it is 3) treasury 4) no 5) no 6) no clue 7) don't want to deal with moving the extra units thanks for looking, and you thoughts/input!