I'm only playing on Noble difficulty. This isn't even the middle-of-the-line difficulty! And yet, I keep struggling to keep up with the AI. When I try to build my up my army, I'm still using catapults and swordsmen while everyone else is moving on to gunpowder. I've always been suspicious that the AI is cheating. But I've never had any hard evidence, until now. I started a "standard" sized map with a whopping 11 civilizations and, as it turns out, there are about three other civilizations within a fat cross of me. So, it looks like I'm going to have to fight for living space. So, I reload my auto save at the beginning of the game. I send my default warrior down south to wage immediate war with Wang Kon, so I can have Seoul as an instant second city. Here's the problem, though: On my second turn, I enter Seoul's borders. He hasn't even gotten his first border-pop, yet. My goal is to rush-capture the city before it has any military protection. His default warrior would be about six spaces away, and he wouldn't have enough time to make it to his city to protect it. So, if I can enter his borders on the third turn, I should be able to take the city, for free, on the fourth turn. Since he doesn't have any more cities this early in the game, he'll be instantly defeated, his "exploratory" warrior will be deleted from the game, and I'll have an instant "second city" to work with when playing the rest of the game. Well, I accounted for everything, and guess what? I entered his borders on the second turn. I'm now one tile away from his city. I end my third turn. On his third turn, a warrior pops out of his city! Just three turns in, and he's already completed production of a warrior! The only way he could have done that is if he were making five hammers per turn, and that is simply impossible this early in the game! If he planted his city on a plains/hilltop, then the city itself would be producing two hammers per turn, so his one population would have to be working a three-hammers-per-turn tile. Granted, as I look at his surroundings in the World-Builder, he does have some copper sitting on a plains/hilltop, two tiles south and one tile east of his city. Once that copper gets revealed, it WILL produce three hammers per tile without a mine having to be built. HOWEVER, A) he needs a border pop before he can work that tile, and B) he couldn't possibly have researched bronze working in only three turns. So, how is he creating this warrior so damn fast? He's CHEATING! Isn't he?! EDIT: I even tried running a circle around Seoul without entering his territory. He STILL gets his warrior in only three turns. So, it's not like the game is taking pity on him due to extenuating circumstances (a person unfairly declares war before he has any opportunity to build up any kind of defense). No, his quick production of a warrior is natural for him. So, how is he doing this?