Playing on a smaller map might help with that. Furthermore, if ICS doesn't appeal to you, don't do it. Going tall with well placed cities is still quite viable, and probably more visually appealing than cramming in more cities for the AoE effects that I hope will be nerfed soon. This might help: http://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/25-eurekas-and-inspirations.603584/ The mod reduced the impact of Eurekas and Inspirations to 25% (35% for China). Doesn't solve the problem entirely, but it should reduce the impact of Eurekas/Inspirations on your decision-making process. I'm fairly sure that some future mods will have a go at making interesating quests to attain Eurekas. I agree with you that they are simply far too easy to get at the moment.