I'm not sure if anyone looks at this thread anymore, but I finally got a chance to play Civilization the board game with this variant, and I have played it multiple times, now, though the games were all ended before the end game conditions. (after an hour or two of play) This variant is really great, and it preserves the best parts of the game while cutting out a lot of the crap and adding some elements that make it feel more like Civ without bogging down the game, which is great. It also keeps some of the odd quirks of the movement/combat resolution system of the original board game, which I had thrown my own house rules at many years ago back when I played it with friends every other week or so for a bit. For example, per the original game rules (and this variant rules, which don't change this particular part), battles are declared on or by units that have already moved, and any units that have not yet moved may still move freely if the player that owns them has not taken their turn to move, yet. I remember from the old days of playing the original game, and see again in my recent plays with Rhye's variant, that allowing any units that haven't moved to still move even after battle has been declared in their current space doesn't make any sense. It can result in a player sending armies from their city to an adjacent enemy city, and the enemy deciding to move out all armies from that city and simply conquer the city the attack came from, which probably has only a unit or two left to defend. Or a player sending a fleet to attack an enemy fleet, but then the enemy decides to not get attacked after all by simply moving their fleet away after the first player already moved and declared an attack. It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does it's very gamey and silly. A simple way to fix this issue is to rule that military units cannot leave a space after a battle has been declared there, even if they haven't moved yet. This gives a bit of an advantage to the player who goes first in a turn, since they can attack and lock in place an enemy's units, but going after someone has advantages, too, since you can see where someone wants to attack and then move your armies around to reinforce your attacked armies or attack weak positions with armies that aren't involved in any combats. I have been using this house rule and I think it improves the game.