So I'm trying yet another marathon corps game, this time on deity. My fastest was 845AD arrival with Mr. Quechua Cheese, but on noble where warriors take over the entire continent no problem. Now I'm attempting the entire thing on deity where the AI's nice enough to build 10 cities for you but not nice enough to leave them anything but heavily defended. For funsies I chose Augustus because praets on marathon have a shelf life of at least 200 turns...pretty ridiculous, though maybe not objectively as good as some other UUs. I'm having no trouble bashing heads in, but my main concern is the IRS, with maintenance costs crippling me and forcing me to withhold from securing complete control of my own continent. Zara will be spared...for now. The main issue is not whether I'll win, but that I'm just feeling super slow on this map. Is there anything I could've done better to improve the shape that my economy is in right now? If I conquered slower more praets would've had to be built and die, and I run the risk of running into longbows or, worse, crossbows. Still, though, my research is in the ****tter and I feel like I'm not gonna make the sub-1400AD mark even. Any advice on what I could've done better and can still do better? PS...it's mildly amusing how Willem built a forge for me but I don't know metal casting yet... "Ah yes, this forge will increase our production of everything greatly, especially if we run an engineer!" "The heck is a 'forge'? And what in Zeus's name is an 'en-gin-near'?"