Let's get down to business: I threw 13 civs in a small map with Aggressive AI and only two victory options: Conquest & Domination. Monarch difficulty. If you want to play the game yourself, skip the spoiler and open the save. Spoiler : First some info about my playing: I've not yet won a game at Monarch. I feel pretty good at Prince, and I might have to go back to Prince to practice. The game: I went wrong at the beginning allying myself with the Hindis. I thought, "Hey, these guys are close by so they provide a buffer against the Buddhists" but it turns out it would've been better just to kill them in the early game. Silly me. Sometime around 1600 I killed off Washington. (He was the first to die.) That's pitiful. I could have taken Louis when I had the chance. Anyway, my two cities of his have 9 tiles between them to work thanks to oppressive culture on all sides, even after a culture bomb. Now (1900s) I'm behind in the tech race. I'll spend 20 turns teching something that nobody else is and then right away attempt to trade it off for whatever my "friends" will give me. I'm currently building up a stack, but it's cannons and grenadiers when the others have artillery and infantry. I'm thinking of just staying out of the fray until I can build the Internet, then move along with the slaughtering. But that seems like I'll be waiting around for Louis to win. I might start this game over to see what happens if I start out with lots of blood like I should have instead of waiting until the 1600s. *Interesting tidbit: there are no horses on this map. I didn't remove them or anything, they just didn't generate. Here's our start: The save is below along with a few of my own saves from further in the game if you would like to tell me where I went wrong and how to fix it. Have fun!