So I've been playing at Immortal for awhile now, and one thing I'm looking for confirmation is that faster speeds tend to benefit the player, while slower speeds tend to benefit the AI. I finished a game on Normal today, and I finished a game on Epic, both Immortal and while both were won in the Renaissance via Rifles/Cavalry/Cannons (*Rifleman, *Cavalry, *Cannon, judicious use until the stack grows huge and roll the competition). In the Normal game I managed to pick up a ton of wonders that normally I probably wouldn't have gotten so easily on Epic speed - MoM, ToA, etc., etc. Example: In the Immortal game WvO bordered Charlemagne/Isabella with Free Religion and picked up about 8-10 Wonders, while in the Normal game he bordered Joao and I with the same religion and only built 3-4. In addition, AI's on Normal seemed like they researched slower as well. My guess is that the AI production advantage factors in a lot more heavily on slower games where units take longer to build and concurrently quickens research when the AI mass produces Research or Wealth. Anyone with similar experience playing on both speeds? Sidenote: I was amazed at how much faster you can crank out units on Normal - I had something like 20 Cavalry in what I felt was a very short amount of time, whereas on Epic I have to start building units way in advance and figure out a way to do quick upgrades to really get a war going quickly and win decisively to beat WW and reinforcements. Sidenote 2: I hate Isabella. Yes, even more so than Montezuma, Alexander. Maybe I hate Shaka more. He once DoW'd me in the 1500 BCs!!!!