So many posts, so little time... Almost, but set it to not require any tech. Fewer but meaner sounds the way to go, noone likes unit spam. Would make the battles more meaningful. Definitely make sure the uber-units are not blitz though... @ captain beaver - I love the No. 6 and 7 ideas (and 4 if it can be made to work). Not sure how the AI will get on with No.5 though (invisible units). The financial shenanigans you describe for the crisis sound interesting and may well work. I'm of the opinion that it might be easier to just get rid of some of the base commerce. We can then control the amount of income more closely with buildings like the census etc..