Hey, guys. I'm still relatively new/inexperienced in civ. Currently playing Beyond the Sword. Nonetheless, whereas I've slowly found my bearings on researching techs and waging war (mainly thanks to forums on this site) I still find myself completely dumbfounded when it comes with timing especially in terms of expanding my civ's borders. I'd start well with a city or two but then all of a sudden find myself boxed in and losing alot of the advantage(s) gained by getting a lot of my early research/development(s) done early on. Thus I then have to fight my way out to expand. Then again, when I expand too early too fast I then have such a high early empire management cost that I then lose on the tech development. See what I mean?? Basically, is there any "secret" to balancing this out or does it just come with experience???