Ive been playing Civ on and off for a long time, but now Im trying to learn to play it well. Im currently on Monarch. Ive found the game has a definite rhythm, but too often I seem to be out of step. Let me explain. Your civ can basically be doing one of three things: expanding into unclaimed land, warring, or building infrastructure. You start out expanding, of course, but usually at some point youll have to switch to building up for a war, then fight the war, then recover by building. Rinse and repeat until you can reach your victory condition. Im terrible at timing my switch between expansion, war, and building. I start a war and find my army out of date before I can finish it. Or Ive got the most up to date military, but not enough of them. I have a successful war, but before I can claim the land I just razed a different civ settles it. Do people have any advice for when to switch between the different phases? What tells you its time to start building up for a war, or when you need to stop a war?