Hi, (post #1!) First of all, despite having 20+ years of gaming experience, I just picked up my first civilization game ever... After a few days, I always find myself at 2am wondering if I should push the "Next Turn" button just one more time... Classic I have started 4 different games, without finishing them, read a lots of guides, and the last one (Alex, military/economic approach) seem to go very well (for me) - around turn 70... A funny thing happens that made me pause and wonder... Here are the facts: - I have 4 cities, a solid army, green numbers everywhere, good income. - I am clearly threatening to a lots of other civ since 2 of them already denounced me. (I took down one of the civs so that maybe why ?, and stole his sole city) - As they did so, I noticed that 2 of them had scouts wondering next to my border so I quickly used my cities to enclose them between my own borders (by buying tiles). I proceeded further by doing it to 2 other units (2 warriors). Now there are 4 units from 3 civs that can't move... Obviously if they enter my land, it is war so they just dont move... Of course, my cities are very well defended (forts, balista, armies nearby,etc...) in case they want to go to war. So my question is: can this be a strategy in disguised to isolate/block others' unit from moving? Since I am gonna be expansionist (many cities), it could become easy to start surrounding others... I started to make "deadend" shapes to trap them... (evil...) How do other civs consider this ? It has been about 15 turns, and noone has really acted on it... Thanks !