I'm most of the way through my first game, Brazil, Epic speed, King difficulty, normal size, continents map. Here are a few thoughts. - Gold cost of buying tiles is absurdly high. Already in midgame, I'd pay more than 300 gold for one tile in the outer ring, late game it was over 450. For one tile. Seriously? - Gold cost of upgrading units is absurdly high. 300 gold to upgrade an Archer to a Crosbowman. Again, seriously? - Gold cost of buying units or building is (take a guess) absurdly high. Buying a modern era building is about 3000 gold. lol? - I'm gonna be dead tired of the religious victory. It's Civ5 missionry spam x 5 without the ability to block it with inquisitors. Yay. Not. - Here's my first meeting with Arabia. That's going to be one hell of a party. Screenshot - Late-game AI seems capable of building decent armies. It also seems to have moderate succes takign over city states. It seems less succesful in player vs. player combat. Screenshot - Cities are way too easy to capture early game. A couple of archers and a couple of swordsmen, and you're on a roll. Maybe bring a battering ram for safety but mostly it's not even necessary, even if city has ancient walls. - AI loves to make absurd trade offers. Like, will you give me 4 luxes in return for 1GPT and open borders. Then it looks very offended when you answer no. - The formal war feature seems to be bugged. I can declare formal was on people without denouncing them. Unless them denouncing me also counts for reasons for formal war. But even then, it was less than the 5 turn limit. - Game is quite stable for a first day release. I did have one freeze and one crash to desctop, but overall it runs very well.