Agree with Andronicus that lurkers should keep up with the game fairly closely. I personally think it's going to be hilarious having all these lurkers trying to keep track of which Shaka is which. The only way to tell them apart is by color. I'm hoping Sima didn't play with that file too, leaving us with two purple Shakas. Emperor is a fair starting difficulty that should let everyone have a decent go at it. @choxorn -- Don't play Chieftain. Ever. Start at Warlord and work at figuring out how the game works and ask lots of questions. @Whomp -- Still can't rush Wonders in vanilla, not by the usual means or disbanding or cash-rushing. But there's only one flavor of leader, the military great leader, and you can rush wonders with them. Kinda cool to be able to build the Pyramids just 'cuz you got lucky in an archer battle.