I was pretty sure this was new to C3C but wanted to get another example before making any claims: So now it seems with the scientific civ you get to pick your free tech, at least in my case it did, when I was first (of the civs I knew) to finish researching all the req'd Ancient Era techs. I'm pretty sure my civ was first worldwide because a few turns later I traded the Spanish the last tech they needed, and immediately got reports of the "massive barbarian uprising". So my questions are: 1. Does the scientific civ always get to pick the free tech at the beginning of a new era, or only when they are first to enter the new era? 2. Do you have to be first worldwide, or just among the civs you know? 3. Do you still get to choose your tech if an AI is also done with the previous era but is still researching the first tech of the new era? (ie they are not scientific)? Just curious because I've been reading posts that suggest people are NOT choosing the free tech for scientific civs, yet twice now I've been allowed to choose. Another time I noticed when a scientifc Ai followed me (not playing scientific) into the new era they got the exact same tech I'd already researched, suggesting they didn't get to choose.