Howdy, After playing for a while I can't help but think that despite trying SE, CE, Hybrid and other methods of playing that getting a good civ going comes down to one thing... the amount of cities you have at a certain point in the game. Playing on Monarch 3 core cities get's me swamped under a Cavalry rush in the 1800's, but with 5 cities I get to rush my neighbours instead. Does anyone know of a graph or something that details the optimum amount of cities you should have at certain points of the game? Like when you discover Confuciousism (sp? Sorry can't remember tech name either). What happens if you can't expand to gain the necessary amount of cities? I'm sure the answer is war but against a larger neighbour how can you do this and survive? Any thoughts are welcome. Cheers!