Does the more cities you have=the better you are likely to do? I know this was the case in Civ3 but is it still the same? I read in the manual that they tried to get rid of ICS (infinite city sprawl) by increasing the maintenence of all cities. Also, doesthe effect of a cities distance from the capital still make cities only able to produce one hammer every turn - and so on? What effect does versailles, the capital, and the forbidden palace do? How far does the effects reach? In my current game, the map is Terra and I have discovered the new world. Should I try to settle the entire thing or would the maintenence of all those extra cities actually make me lose economic advantage? I plan to construct the forbidden palace once I have a few cities up and running and I have conquered the massive barbarian empire with my Russian Cossacks. Note that I have an expensive and difficult war in the old world, in which I am very much on the defensive against two bigger Civs. If someone could explain what I must do here/the physics of expanding in Civ4 I would be very grateful. If there has already been a thread about this exact topic then post a link: I couldn't find one. Edit: I forgot to mention that the level of difficulty I am playing in this particular game as the Russians on Terra is Noble, and that some bastard built Versailles before me.