So I'm playing my first Noble game, it's a Standard Continents map, Normal Speed. I start my third session on it this evening, about 4 hours into the game. I'm Victoria on an island with Kublai and Bismarck. Not terrible people to be next to, I've managed to stay ahead on tech most of the game (with a few trades here and there with them to pick up some minor techs i skipped.) On the other island is Alex, Toku, Izzy, and Saladin. Saladin and Izzy were finished off not long after I found out who was over there. With the land gained Alex actually managed to pass me in score (though he was lagging a good ways behind the tech pace) and Toku had inched up right on my tail and looked like he was going to pass. Now I admit, I am a bit of a turtle when I play and don't have enough faith in my warmongering skills (or maybe just not enough skills period ) to seize a moment and go to war unless I'm guaranteed a victory. I decide to take on Bismarck as I pinned him in with some early expanding and his front was much smaller so I figured it would be easier to handle. I have a mix of Redcoats/Infantry/Cavalry/Artillery + some older units I hadn't upgraded yet spread around at points to take 4 of his 7 cities within the first two rounds. I had been neglecting my foreign advisor screen a bit and I decided to check it to see some numbers so I could see if most of his forces were on the continent. When I check the screen I see him and Kublai have a Defensive Pact!!!! All my planning was pretty much for nothing because I had planned on my good relations with Kublai to keep him off my back so I had no real force to fight a war on two fronts!! I am super mad, but I say it has to get done sometime so I start preparing to fight a two sided war. I really need this land if I'm going to keep ahead and win this game. I slowly build up forces, but I can't keep up with both of them. So here I am in my game with a large force spread out everywhere to try and take their cities. I save and figure what the hell, I'll give it a shot and see how it goes and if it stinks I can just come back to the save later and try a new idea. Well after a short time here I am, with my military pretty well taken out. So I'm going to restart from my save I took right before starting the war but I'm looking for some help from the forums here. Any tips on what to do? I know I should have started the war way earlier but I haven't managed to get that through my head yet (at least I'm not waiting until tanks to start fighting now ) The save I attached is from right before I declared war. A few cites aren't quite micro'ed properly because I was so annoyed by having to delay the war I just neglected that a bit. Probably could have used a few more turns at 0% on the slider to upgrade the rest of those outdated troops. But I really don't know here so I'm coming to you all. P.S. I play the mac version of vanilla, I don't know if that makes a difference with the save?