But why shouldn't you be a favorite? It's a game of escalating power and cost, so naturally any advantage gained early on snowballs. If I pop a relic from a hut or the map is designed so that I block off 5-6 cities of land to myself, then I would still be really ahead. It doesn't just apply to warring. That's just a symptom of a greater problem. The AI sucks and thus throws the game from turn one. If you have an FFA where players throw the game, it is invariably going to prop another up, sometimes uncontrollably. Or more so to the point, if the AI can't play on even ground, how could it ever expect to catch up?