... and we're back! Sorry it took so long to post my update. For those that don't recall, we're trying to claw our way into first before time expires. Currently our plan is: 1. Spread our cereal company ("Uranium Flakes") 2. ??? 3. Profit! I also worked hard to beef up my army - lots of Artillery and Ironclads. Why Ironclads? Well I don't have any oil. There's some off-shore oil nearby, but I need Plastics. I've been researching the most advanced technologies possible and trying to trade for the others, but Plastics are still outside my reach. Survivor Man (or whatever he's called - kudos to the designers for including history's most obscure figures) declared war on the Americans in 1928. Spoiler : That gives us two wars: America vs Khmer and Sumeria/Celts vs Mali and his moustache. I think that second war started when we told him Movember was over and it was time to lose the 'stache. Only the huggable one Mehmed II is at peace. Needless to say, it didn't take long for both of them to ask - nay, demand! - that I cancel my deals with the other. I'm allowed to refuse demands, so I did. Spoiler : The Angry Video Game Nerd's father demanded I end my deals. Apparently the polio jokes are ok, but not trading beef to his neighbour - that stuff's gotta stop!! Well, apparently he's going to have to tolerate an intolerable situation a little longer. The Americans certainly got the upper hand in the war, taking 1-2 cities off the Khmer already, and eventually taking over the lead from the Sumerians. Mehmed is obviously just going for the Space Race win, while Mali and Khmer are essentially out of the running. Speaking of the Space Race, in 1932 Gilgamesh joined our huggable buddy Mehmed - giving the Sumerians two avenues of victory. Spoiler : Shocker - my counterintelligence agency actually caught a spy, not just once - but twice! Probably those extra intelligence agencies I built - they work much better than the stupidity agencies I had before. Spoiler : In 1944... And in 1946 Who is Pliny anyway? I don't remember dating a girl named Pliny but apparently she knows me pretty well. Spoiler : Not only did I spread Uranium Flakes to all my cities, but in 1964 I also managed to found Aluminum Co before anyone else! Now you can get your Uranium Flakes by the can! Spoiler : New Plan 1. Spread Uranium Co. to all my cities 2. ??? 3. Profit! Ok now it's 1970. I got pretty close to first place, but have slipped into third thanks to the Americans big success against the Khmer. 75 Turns left! Here are the power graphs. Spoiler : I'm 2nd in money, but boy that Gilgamesh is rich! As you can see, the score is a close 3-horse race. Speaking of horses, Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make him drink. Thanks to Uranium Flakes, I'm first in crop yield by a long shot. Also, we've started to grow tails, and our knees have turned to magnets. My investment in power has at least gotten us out of the basement. I remember when I moved out of the basement, and got my own place. I could finally have girls over! You know, theoretically. The Mali fought their way ahead of my in Culture. Mansa Musa's moustache has started a religion, it's spreading faster than Hinduism. Then again - what isn't? I'm actually third in espionage now, if you can believe it! Of course, it seems like espionage is inversely proportional to an empire's success. Finally, Demographics. That's it for today. I'm trying to finish this game over the holidays because I expect to get Civ 5 for Christmas, and you know what that means! No more Civ 4 (and no girls)!