Hi everyone. I just picked up Civ4 after having a 5 year hiatus from Civ3. I realized that my civ3 emperor skills were no match for civ4 mechanics so I'm in the middle of learning a lot by starting out on Prince and moving on to Monarch. The map details: BTS 3.19 BUG 4.3 Monarch/Normal Continents/Standard/5 random AIs Aggressive AI/No Huts/No Random Events/Barbs On I'm a bit stuck at the moment. I initially picked Catherine to try out how effectively her traits would work together. I figured she would make a good warmongering leader. That was until I wiped out the only AI (Khmer) on the small continent in the BCs. I switched gears and decided to improve econ (trying out SE and CE and seeing how they work out) while teching to optics. I took a detour and built GL so I have 8 scientists in my cap. I've turned the Khmer old cap initially into SE, but now I'm transitioning it to a hammer city. I met the other 4 AIs (Frederick, Hammy, Shaka, and Sitting Bull) in the 1300s and also managed to trade world maps to get circumnavigation. I realized that I was more or less at tech parity with the leaders Frederick and Hammurabi, and that's probably due to some constant warring (saw a lot of GG notifications up to that point). I still hold optics as a monopoly though, so something to be had there perhaps. Right now I'm at a crossroads of sorts. Conquest seems out of the question, domination unlikely, and definitely not cultural (I only have the GL, a stolen Stonehenge, and the Taoist shrine ). What's left are UN, AP (yes it's still unbuilt, again must be lots of warring), and space victories as possibilities. What seems for sure though is that I need to be very diplomatic from now on (something I'm learning how to do in civ4) Posted are some screens as well as both my original save and current 1430AD save. If you guys have time, I would appreciate thoughts and opinions on not just how I should proceed, but also critiques on everything i.e. city management, city placement. I want to at least get back to emperor level so I need to relearn the hard way My empire 1430AD View attachment 245167 Moscow Cap (with GL, my attempt at a SSC) View attachment 245168 Kiev (hammers or SE or CE?) View attachment 245169 St. Petersburg (hammers?) View attachment 245170 Northern Half of other continent (Sitting Bull and Shaka at war) View attachment 245171 Other half (mostly Frederick, Hammy has a swath to the right) View attachment 245172 Tech trades View attachment 245173 Relations View attachment 245174 Diplo View attachment 245175 And the save View attachment 245166 Again thanks in advance for having a look at these.