Hi! I figured it was time to step up to Immortal when I didn't bother to finish the last two emporer games, once I realised victory was mine way too early. I usually try to win by domination, and those last turns can be a pain, once you've started to steamroll. I regenerated an Immortal game until I found a 1xgold 1x gems start. I always like to have an advantage when trying a new difficulty. I'm playing as the Byzantians, as I really like the medieval area, and I will be unbeatable with trebuchets and cataphracts. However, the start is proving to be difficult, especially the diplomacy. I've tried the initial save twice now with no luck. I'm playing with 15 factions on a large map, and there are plenty of wars going on even before religion is spread, and it's hard to figure out who will be your friends and who will not. How do you guys deal with this? I mean. with so many AI's you are bound to get more minus points in relations if you join a war, than if you decline. But since they ask you every other turn, that will make them mad as well. I guess I should mention that I play on a pangea map which means you have plenty of neighbours. It's hard to avoid getting attacked, and because of the insane military production of the AI's, it's very difficult to conquer enemy lands while protecting yourself at the same time. I must be doing something wrong, and my guess is I gotta get better at diplomacy. So, how do you guys deal with this?