So for the last two days I've been having a pretty good time with civ rev, and it felt pretty good beating up the AI on the first three difficulty levels. As soon as I ramped it up to emperor, though, the AI began consistently kicking my butt. I've been perusing these forums (lots of great tips here guys, btw) and I thought I'd ask a couple of questions: 1.) At the beginning of the game, should I be building settlers as soon as I can and spreading out my civilization? Or should I build up my capital a little bit first? Where is the balance there? I'm really curious to know how many cities you better players build and how much you let them grow before you make a settler and expand? 2.) I feel like the AI is ganging up on me. What is the best response to AI that constantly demands my great people and techs? I have no problem holding them off individually but I feel my resources get diverted so the AI can win a tech or cultural victory. I guess that balance is the whole point of the game. Anyway, thanks for your help.