This is at least the third (if not the fifth) time I'm trying the MAX Difficulty + MAX Speed game play. Well, almost MAX Speed, since I was told to use Blitz instead of Ultrafast, for technical reasons. Anyways, being not my first game, I played it smart(er) and reaped a very nice crop out of it, heh. Here's me reaching Classical - and being in the TOP 5 (actually fluctuating between TOP 5 and even TOP 1). Well, at least in the Old World, but I've been called "TOP 5 Most Powerful" on turn 200, so I guess it counts. Hints and tips: 1. Immediately went after Babylon the moment I had Spikemen, lol. It FELL. Read: AI is still crap, duh. 2. Kept building more cities until I reached the Gold Problem. Had been miles beyond it for a long while already, but decided to instead go for eliminating Ottomans. Barely managed to complete it literally a few turns ago. My army is still relocating back to Jerusalem, lol. 3. I definitely SHOULD have built more cities, what with having Gold in the TENS of THOUSANDS. Well, since it's PEACE TIME from now on - we'll see. 4. Also, unless some idiot (AI, duh) attacks me first, I'm NOT gonna fight much anymore. Spy Network, here. I. Come! It's so much more FUN to Spy-Buy entire civs, than to wage endless wars against a few stubbornly entrenched units. You can't ENTRENCH against Espionage, hehehe. 5. Can't wait to activate INQUISITION, though, cause I want to clean this heretical mess, mwahahaha!!! Any comments, besides telling me AGAIN to "play differently"? Pit's World Map + geographically correctly placed Jerusalem = a REALLY FUN GAME!