Hello all, I am not sure if this is the place to ask questions but here goes... First some background on my situation: I'm a complete beginner to civilization, only having picked up the game a couple of days ago, but I have already clocked in around 80 hours so far. I haven't had a single victory yet because I always feel like I am falling behind or I simply feel like the game has gone into a stalemate with my loss just around the corner so I just end up starting a new game. Oh, and all my games so far have been played with a domination victory in mind on prince with only gods and kings, no BNW. Because I am new to this game, I just don't know what winning or being in the lead feels like. I haven't really suffered any major loses or any real damage from a civilization in most of my games; yet I always feel like I am losing. I usually find myself second to a larger civilization in everything. When I do find myself in the lead after a military conquest, I find my civilization struggling in another aspect. I then find myself struggling to advance my science or my economy for example for the next few things. Except now, I don't even have an army (as it was weakened by conquering a civ just earlier). I also feel that there is very little gain in actually conquering cities, I get what feels like a million unhappiness (at least for a bit, even if a raze it) and a building that will be build in the next era in exchange for (possibly) cash, units, production time, etc. I am tempted to just bait a war with AI, kill of their units while minimizing my own losses and calling it a day. But where's the fun in that? Where do I find the balance in army and tech for my civ? What kind of mindset should you enter a domination victory game with? Should I just stick to my civilization until the bitter end? There are tons of great strategies and guides on this site about all the specifics and the mechanics of this game, but I am currently struggling on all the "in betweens," in other words the peacetime that comes after the war. I know that I should just keep playing, but I am the type of player that tries to single out something I can improve on; I don't really want to keep playing blindly (at least anymore, that's what the first 80 hours were for ). Playing on a lower difficulty is also an option, but I'd rather struggle with a challenge, get better, and find myself playing up to par on a harder difficulty. Rather than bring the difficulty down and find an easy victory, I want to actually become a better player. TLDR; I want to get better at civ, what do?