I dont disagree that early game is not important, because it is, I just dont see the point in continuing the strategy into the late game, which I very much love going into. Oh wow, I didnt get enough cities to get to that. I'd say that late game conquesti is my game - get in front of everyone else and get to the top - then dominate wiht god tier units. Idk I like playing like that. I'm not really sure what I want to play like - I'm not really a well developed civ 3 player yet. Yeah I quite like metropolis, but, point taken, theyre not entirely necessary.