It seems to be the trend now to play a game and do a write-up of it so people can learn how to play better. Unfortunately, the Deity-level game doesn't help the beginning player at all and even Sisiutil's games are played on Emperor now. The Mansa Ju-Co game is good, but it's still being done on Prince, which is still out of the reach of the beginning player. My game is going to be on Noble which I think will reach a nice range of players. I will also be going into WAY TO MUCH DETAIL about my thought process throughout the game and the kind of strategy necessary to win Civ IV at the easier levels. This thread will not be for everyone. A lot of the things I say will be obvious to the experienced player. Feel free to come in and ask a bunch of questions about the things I do. It will give me a reason to put my tutoring experience to good use. It pains me to see that people who play and enjoy this game post that they struggle to beat levels like Warlord and Noble. So come in, take a seat, and hopefully learn to play this great game. OK, the game specifics: I'll be playing as Gandhi (note the spelling people!) who is Spiritual and Philosophical. No, that doesn't mean I'll be automatically playing a Specialist Economy. Personally, I suck at playing an SE. The level is Noble, and I'll be playing Beyond the Sword 3.13 and use Bhruic's unofficial patches as well. The map will be Standard size, Big and Small (my favorite) with low water level, normal continents, regular islands mixed in, and Epic speed. Most people feel that the slower speeds give the human the advantage, but I'm not a warmonger, so I stop at Epic. When I get home from work, I'll post the opening screenshot and save.