So im fairly new to VP (not to Civ 5) but Ive played a lot these last weeks and recently, after getting used to the new mechanics, Im having difficulties enjoying marathon games. My last settings: Marathon speed Huge map 20 Civs 20 City States Continents Diety Policy: progress Civ: Ethiopia Human handicap: cant steal workers from City States. Cant declare war on Civ just to steal workers No barbarians. No ancient ruins. No events. My issues are 2: China AI seems to be the only one to do well consistently scientifically and culturally. After getting libraries (not Great library) my civ manages to catch up in science with the leader. After getting Oracle and the effects of religion belief Way of transcendence for entering Medieval I just snowball and Im too far ahead for any Civ to be a threat scientifically and culturally (only China). I stop playing when Im entering Renaissance (with all medieval done) and most of the other Civs are in early medieval/late classical. am I just quitting too soon and the AI can catch up later? is ethiopia too op for marathon? should I ban to myself Oracle and/or Way of Transcendence? I know the game is not balance around marathon speed (and that this speed is easier for humans) but are there any settings or something that i can do to artificially try to balance it? am I better quitting Marathon and go for Epic or Standard speed?