I'd appreciate any tips or advice out there for a one-city challenge. I've tried a couple games now on Noble, as Elizabeth (Phil + Financial). I've yet to win a game, however, so I was hoping you bright folks could provide me with some pointers. My strategy has been something like this: I found a starting city site that was next to a river, with many forests and flood plains. As soon as I could, I built up cottages on all the flood plains and some of the grasslands, with only one or two farms. I left most forests near my city up, chopping forests further away for the +shield bonus. I added watermills or lumbermills to the forest areas later on. Techs: research masonry, then polytheism (monotheism if I miss Hindu), then bronzeworking. After that, research necessary worker techs (pottery and so forth) then try to grab other religion-starting techs. I sent my starting warrior out to scout out the immediate surroundings, then send him back to fortify London. The AI didn't seem to get aggressive with my small civ until late in the game (1700s to 1800s), so I figured I could afford to be soft on defense for a while. Build order: worker, then immediately Pyramids, then granary. After that, various tech, defense, and health boosters as needed. With the Pyramids I calculated that I'd be able to keep myself flush with Great Engineers. As well, switching to Universal Suffrage seemed like a fairly smart choice early on, when I had lots of towns to pull hammers from. I deliberately avoided wonders or specialists that would dilute my chances of a Great Engineer. I used some of the GEs to build the Hanging Gardens and Pentagon, later on, to keep my GE chances up. I managed to get about eight to ten GEs and a smattering of other Great People throughout the game. I saved at least two GEs for the United Nations, figuring that was my only realistic shot at victory. When the end came, however, I wasn't able to pull off a diplomatic victory in either game. Is any other victory even feasible? Perhaps I just need tips on a diplomatic win. Thoughts? Comments? Strategies?