Hi, I am an old Civ player. I used to play Civ I when it came out. I then played some Civ II and just a few games of Civ IV. Since then I didn't have time to play anymore. Now out of curiosity I started playing againg Civ V. Of course I see that a lot have changed since Civ I... to the better of course. The game has more depth now. I played one game in Prince just to know the game a bit (Germans I think -not that it matters-). I won, so I just went to play Deity, which is what I always played. After playing some games, I understood that horsemen are overpowered so I won by rushing to horsemen. Not that I could win every game with this strategy though (I would say 1 out of 3). Of course I didn't know much about the game (e.g. the bonus that maritime CS give). After the patch, I started playing again, but now I have some issues that I would like some advice on. Some of them I faced even in pre patch. First of all a quick question. Is there a way to win in every game in Deity? I don't mean by following an strict algorithm, I'm just asking if some of you consistently win (9 out of 10 maybe) on Deity whatever the map and whatever the place you land or civilization you end up having (Deity,Continents,Small map,Random Civ). When I play on Standard maps I get to have time to settle and find some strategy to follow, but on Small maps this is not the case. I have problems finding something to do with opponents that are close to me. Let me share a scenario, I am Spain (there are no wonders near me or on the known continent). Next to me I have 4 CS (I mean in a distance of few tiles) and Greeks. If I start settling cities fast on resources, I get weak and get killed. If I start by going for fast National College and then try to balance things out I get killed. If I start war as soon as possible with anything I have I still get defeated, since I don't have the tech to win, and even if I win there are other civs next to me that will be better at the time I defeat the Greeks (which is really tough if you don't get any breathing space). So my question is. What do you do when in a small map (or any confined starting position) you are next to civilization as the greeks in Deity? Is there something I am missing? What is the most efficient fast way to take an enemy city? What would be your most promising combination of units? e.g. 4 Horsemen are not a good idea to do this. 2 Archers + 3 Swordmen, may or may not do the job (because you have to face enemy units and then reach the city which always has archers). I like to play civilizations that don't really have any bonuses, since at the moment I am looking for some form of strategy/ies that apply to every civ. I would like some alternatives to be applied to any map or civ. Do you have any suggestions (please try to be as specific as possible -because I am not experienced with some things yet)? I am only interested in the opening of the game (until 1 AD). Thank you in advance.