Hello, I am currently playing RFC scenario 3000BC with Egypt on Monarch. I usually acheive the UHV but keep running the same game heading for a cultural victory later on. My personal challenge is to acheive cultural victory without moving the culture slider (yes i know i am a bit masochist). I could use some insight about playing this. 1st problem : Iron. Egypt got no Iron in its Core area. This become a problem in the medieval era and later when i lack frigates, knights and pikes. Anyone can propose a way to solve this problem? I capture Athenai for its iron supply but it flips back as an independant state due to shaky stability problems. AI wont trade Iron except at exorbitant prices (eg 1 iron vs all your ressources). Vassals i usually control (Incan, Mayan, Aztecs, Mali) don't get Iron either. 2nd problem: Stability Past the early years, overall stability is at best stable or shaky. I learned how to increase cities, civics, economics and foreign stability but never managed to find how to influence Expansion stability (it just remain *** all the time). It might be the key i lack to further improve my stability and solve many of my problems. I do not war a lot but combat victories are almost always mine. I conquer few cities (0-5 per game, keeping only 1 or 2, razing the other). I tried to limit Egyptian empire to 6-7 cities in the core area. I also tried to expand up to 10 cities, Nevertheless, whenever i expand outside of the core area (namely Athenai for the Iron supply and Aksum for sheep/cow) the cities flip back whenever i got shaky stability. Problem 3: Loosing leadership Which i believe is a consequence of problem 2. Around 1500 AD, whereas i focus on economic/civic/science techs largely neglecting military techs, i tend to loose leadership in both point and tech. I find myself outteched, military weak, so my survival exclusively depend on diplomacy, which sometimes prove ... hmmm unreliable, specially when you have nothing to bribe the AIs into mutual wars. I strongly suspect that my small empire reach its limits while AIs keeps expanding, gaining advantage through volume. My own expansion is stability limited. Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. Btw, feel free to ask about playing RFC 3000 BC as Egypt on Monarch. I develloped a few tips over those presented in the strategy guides (which are GREAT help btw, thanks to their writters). I will gladly help if i can.