Mongol Scenario Deity, one of my favorite things about Civ V - a good challenge requiring planning, empire management, Keshik tactics, so forth. It also feels like a "story" and the map is fun. With the new patch... the cities fall easily compared to the last few patches. The Keshiks get promotions quickly, by turn 30 I had double-shooting Keshiks. However, I am going to start the scenario over again because I hit a happiness wall very quickly. In previous patches I didn't raze cities with a unique resource and I puppeted Western Xia to get 2 extra horses (to turn into Keshiks.) With this patch I went over -10 very quickly and am now operating at -20, soon to be -30. Maybe I will have to raze every city that isn't a capital, and avoid taking any CS because the happy hits are so brutal. The cities fall so easily now, less Keshiks are needed and those Keshiks become double-powered faster, that might work. But the immersion is gone, razing cities that provide economic benefits makes no sense to me and having to become a mass murder is not fun... unless there is some other way, maybe I will figure it out. I don't see why I just can't give the people money to make them happy, personally I think boatloads of cash provide more happiness than marble or whales... yea pour some whale blubber on me that will make me happy but keep your stinkin' money! ...anyhow it is a day later and I won on turn 97, it was tight. Putting a specialist in a workshop to rush Notre Dame was essential, in the previous patches I could never get Circus Maximus because every time I have to raze, the project had to start over because it thought I need another colosium. Japan was still the biggest challenge, I got rifles later in the game than pre-patch and I waited for both of them before amphibious invasion. Having the armory was very important, so my units could get the amphibious promotion. I bought some caravels to escort the rifles, blocking Japan's triremes. The invasion went quickly especially with a three 3-ranged double shot indirect fire Keshiks to help. The main Keshik force took Jin, China, Persia (they gave me 3 cities for peace), India, Persia (took capital), Arabia, Byzantine, Russian capital. A second Keshik force (3 Keshiks/1 horse) I formed after Persia fell, they took all Russian cities except capital while the main force took Arabia/Byzantine. Perhaps just keep 1 Keshik force and use the extra funds to start on Japan... one Keshik army with all the promotions can take every land Civ with time to spare if used efficiently. Maybe next time... sign a few RAs be able to invade Japan much earlier?