I've been playing around with a slower research mod for a while (Slower Research, Longer Eras) but am unsure if I like the overall impact on the game as I haven't played around with it enough to fully figure it out and it has its problems with the AI. Seeing as folks on the Civ forums probably have way more experience than I do with playing this game, I wanted to ask a few questions and hopefully find out if there's a mod that is just right for me to slow the pace of eras a bit. First off and most likely stupidly: Do slower research mods have a significant impact on the challenge of winning the game with research? IE, because of the overall slower pace of progress through the era's would this make cultural, diplomatic and domination victories significantly better to choose from? Would I be better off finding some sort of mod that pads out the length of eras? This maybe a difficult request to be asking for as I actually play with quite a few mods. I admit to spending far more time trying to customize the game than I ought to. Are there any highly recommended mods for slowing down the games pace in a way that doesn't compromise the games natural balance? Not that I know how balanced the base game honestly is. Thank you in advance to anyone who can enlighten me or point me at something.