That's entirely cool, I can definitely understand that, I'd be just as leery of a completely new person in a game with such a big commitment. So, to that end, I'll take this opportunity to answer a little of Onan's questions, and allow myself to introduce . . . myself. I've been playing all the SP versions since Civ II, though I've never really tried to play the harder levels. I've also played the original Colonization; MoO 2; the Rome, Empire, and Napoleon Total War games, and a hand-full of your typical RTS games (Starcraft, Dawn of War, etc.). Board games include chiefly Risk, Castle Risk, and Axis & Allies, with some table-top wargaming thrown in for good measure. And with that, I'll quit de-railing your thread. Hope to see y'all in-game sometime!