Normally I play Emperor Standard size on Pangaea and go Progress (and Wisdom) and usually feel only a little behind in tech with the AI I tried Egypt and thought I'd do a Tradition Artistry Cultural game on Emperor. I started off strong, Thebes had 3 jungle citrus which allowed me to pump out 5 settlers by turn 70 and went goddess of fertility. I then switched to military, building lots of chariots and spears to counter a small offensive from Alexander, not a direct neighbor. After defeating his force of 3 hoplites and 2 archers with 4 chariots and 4 spears, my direct neighbor Songhai declares war. I keep pumping out units but his (triple upgraded) force of swords and Mandekalus absolutely wrecked me! fortified spearmen in jungle would die to a multi pronged attack of melee units and barely knick them, even with a 20% warmonger bonus. Ended up losing 2 border cities with his full force of 15 units barrelling in on my capital so I quit. I was struggling to get above 20 science on turn 85 even with 4 councils and just couldn't get to swords to defend myself (granted I was -10 happiness) Do I need to get wisdom every game? Was 6 cities right out the gate a bad idea for tradition?