400 BC - Defenatly need some help as things with an AI have got to a stalemate Spoiler : Started my 3rd turn. Looking At Aksum I can see that this city will suck at Production though it does have some cottages so I have decided that I will mainly use Aksum to fuel my tech in the begining thanks to those two Gold Mines. So I begin constructing a Library in it. Meanwhile my capital will pop out an Archer for purposes of defending the former Ethiopian capital and an aditional worker (I defenatly need more workers with all that jungle I need to chop) I also decide to make a trade with Mehmed getting Alphabet for HBR My next tech will be Maths since I defnatly need some health in my cities Next turn Hannibal asks for open border which I accept he doesnt want to give me anything I need the only thing he is willing to trade is Fishing which kinda of useless in this map(though it does work towards unlocking Calendar but I can research it in 1 turn so no need for trading it)I decide to ask it for free from Sitting Bull which he has no other choice but accept. I don't mind making him angry since I will be attacking him soon. Looking ta the tech screen there is one tech I want from Gligamesh which his Meatl Casting though he is not willing to trade it(monoply tech or is he trying to build useless Colossus in this map stupid gligamesh) I decide next turn to OB with Pacal so I can spy on its cities before my attack. Next turn Hammy also asks for OB which I don't see why I can refuse I haven't found him yet. On the following turn Hannibal asks for HBR for free yeah right like I would give a tech for free man. I also decide to use my warrior scout as a temporary garrison in Aksum for some turn until my archer can get there (I defenatly should have brought an archer with my Keshiks) Next turn I decide to whip the granary in my city of Turfan and start on building a barracks folowed by Archers I will need at least 4 Archers for each of the Mayan cities. I also trade Gligamesh HBR for some backfill techs like Mysticism and Sailing(defenatly need sailing as it unlocks Calander) Well Mayan cities are so undefended (he does have an Holkan in its capital) I am planning to attack in 3 turns and take Lakhamha and go straight for Mutal from there it will be just a question of whipping out the rest. Of the cities Mutal is a keeper as well as Lakhama not sure about the rest. Gligamesh next turn asks for OB which I accept. Hannibal converts to Buddha next turn hum I check the Diplo screen. Both Gligamesh and Hannibal are now Pleased with Pacal (though Hannibal is probably because of the religion) while Sitting Bull is annoyed despite that I will continue with the attack I have nothing to lose quite frankly and I can turn on Hannibal next from Pacal's lands. So on 525 BC I declare war on Pacal I start the war by capturing a worker from Pacal. Meanwhile I decide to build another Archer/Settler group in Karakorum to settle city 5 location between my capital and Aksum. On the second turn of the war I capture Lakhama (its defense was only a CG1 Archer and a unpromoted Axeman) I keep it since it does have some good resources all around so it could be another worker settler factory. First build Granary since it does have already a religion so it can expand borders right away. I decide to go straight for Mutal which is only defended by two unpromoted axemans so I should be able to capture it easily. I also cut Maya's source of Copper early on so they can't build anymore of those stupid Holkans. (They do have one in Mayapan) On the IBT my Combat two Keshik somehow kills the Mayan Holkan on open terrain (RNG smilling on me right now) Though on the turn I attack Mutal I get unlucky and lose 3/5 of my force leaving him with a redline Axeman and Chariot (bad luck there indeed) And on IBT my entire force gets killed opps I decide to make peace with I have got effectively with war having been a failure. Though Pacal right now still refuses a peace deal. I decide to also begin training some of my own Axeman in Turfan to prepare for round 2. I decide to stop in 400 BC since I defenatly need some advice on how to proceed. My Empire in 400 BC With Resources Domestic Advisor Diplomacy Technology Screen So what do you think I should do because I really don't know. The Save file will be below for those who want to see.