I really need your advice guys. Things are getting critical here. Here is a short summary of my game: Settings: Monarch/Epic/Standard size/Fractal Civ: Germany/Bismarch (Ind/Exp) Germany is located on the very east of large pangaea-like continent and is bordered by one country only- Egypt. Since I was given very nice land to work with I decided to REX as much as possible keeping at the same time nice relations with the Egypt (Hattie likes me). Eventually I adopted her religion since she was kind enough to spread it to me. Things went very well for me in this game (Except 4 great artists in a row. argh!!). Me and Egypt maintained nice tech lead from others. Now Washington enters the story. He's interested in military buildup and intimidiating others altough suprasingly very nice to me. During the course of few thousand years he vassaled India peacefully and Mongolia after two wars. Now, this is where the plot thickens and becomes interesting. Me & Egypt were always in the tech lead then suddenly I realized that I'm overtaking Hattie big time. I was confident that this is the result of my smart cottage spam which I love doing and kept things peacefully and leisury. But after some time I have noticed two things about Egypt: they almost stopped research and their cultural borders were starting to pressure my borders. Of course, nothing of this didn't mean much to me (i'm sometimes too arrogant, but it comes with the job of ruling an empire), Egypt after all founded lots of religions. But after Thebes achieved legendary status I realized that Egypt is going for cultural victory and FAST!!! Well, no they won't if you ask me. Since they were all cultural I decided that some backstabbing is in order and in that cause I beelined to tanks (Panzers!!!) to run over them. Their best defenders at that time were grenadiers and longbows. Easy... I was ready... Troops gathered... Plans laid out... Then Egypt vassalizes to Washington!!! C'mon, you have got to be kidding me. Not a shot fired between them and Egypt is almost as large as America. Well, with that turn of events I decided to go for space victory. Washington liked me so much that even agreed to defensive pact. The whole world was one big happy family and Germany has never seen a turn of war (talk about alternate history, eh??). This is where my game stops. I have just aquired Apollo & I'm converting towns to workshops. However I calculated that Egypt will win in 20 turns or less. This is serious. Advice guys. How to win this? AI in this game is giving me creeps. I can't believe I'm outsmarted twice and Washington is stupid enought to let Egypt win. Ugh! As final note I'm playing Warlords with Better AI mod. Whoever made this mod deserves a .