Some people play Civ-franchise because they are Gamers. They are into PC games and happen to give Civilization a try. They will return to gaming, which may or may not involve civving. I am interested in understanding Civvers, those people for whom Franchise IS the main or only game they play for at least few years. My love affair with Civ goes back to Civilization I. All these years I have seriously "cheated" in this affair only once with not very famous MMO NavyField. Now, after some years of Civving an average Civver ends up posting on forums like this one and gets in interaction with other Civvers. And then I see an interesting pattern. Most Civvers prefer solitaire, aka SP. They just do. This might be because the way this game was made. This might be because the way the game was marketed. This must be the philosophy behind the very essence of 4X turn based strategy. I mean, as a rule, you start playing Civ as a Single Player. By the time you become Civver -- it becomes your habit. Sure, there is a Multiplayer too, but being alone is so much more convenient. You are in control of the pace, you don't need to depend on any other human being, you can even cheat and make some internal deals with yourself. You play Civ to escape stress and have fun, risk of getting just a little stress with humans overwhelms the benefit of getting more fun from winning or loosing against the other humans. As the time goes by and you stay serious about the game -- your grievances against the AI grow. I don't even talk about Civ5 vs Civ4 grivances. One simply gets enough of Solitaire experience but loves game too much to move to the other hobby. So then comes the modding. You are not happy with AI? Mod all you can or watch and participate with others who do it. This alone can easily occupy few more years of your affair with Franchise. However there comes a point when you realize that even improved and very, very differently looking Solitaire is still a solitair. You just don't get that sportsmanship-like feel when you win over AI. You feel the need of humans while still playing your favorite game. PBEM being the least demanding form of Multiplayer should be attracting vast numbers of Civvers who went through all the stages of Civ-refinement. And yet it doesn't... Take a look at Statistics of our Forum subsections to see the distribution of Civving population: Spoiler : If we imagine Bell-shaped curve -- modding clearly will be the mean value. If you consider yourself as a point on that curve -- where on that curve do you see yourself now? Do you experience gradual interest in winning or loosing against humans, not just AI? What are the reasons that you are not populating the PBEM niche? Is it because of what game offers to you or because of what you want from the game?