Everyone I know that plays civ plays hot seat. Why the creators of civ 5 would deliberately omit this multiplayer function is beyond me. I am seriously considering returning this game because I know I will play civ 4 still and toss aside this new one. I am so very disappointed. So if you are anything like me and my friends do not purchase this game or you will be just as crushed. I am hoping they will create an expansion immediately that has this feature or at least some kind of mod or patch.