here are some observations from a casual player ı manage to get Civ3 and find this site . Going around ı come to this thread and it seems interesting , to be tried in due time as ı finish the game scenarios etc . Finally the day to load the first non-Firaxis scenario/mod . It is childishly simple .Why didn't they make unit additions in this way , ı wonder and of course the desire for some utility to automatically add units is burning my heart . ı know it is easy as riding a bicycle once you have learned it but did ı mention ı was dumb ? my sound system doesn't work at all , can't listen to the soundtrack but make a mental note of downloading that sometime too . ı am in all legal probability tone deaf , giving me one more reason to like Horatio Hornblower books , but it is obviously part of an effort to be appreciated . ı remember Mali described in the thread and the intention has always been to play it first since November 2008 , the month ı joined . ı vaguely know ı have to make a road to ease the travel of caravans ; the caravans , the 30 -40 caravans hoarded to poke fun with the AI , ı dearly miss from Civ1 . ı should get someone to bring that 50 shields thing back to the game . A nice surprise for this continious player of Germany in Vanilla , the house colours are okay too . Let's get going . ı learned to love the horseman ( any dirty jokes will be answered in a rather rough way , just in case ) in Vanilla . ı block AI attempts to settle at my horse town location by a line of warriors that step in the path of settlers . Yes , we will fight soon but why don't you just go around looking somewhere else . You concentrate in one branch of the Tech tree after getting the Horseman , one of your neighbours will start a war . Take one city and the peace conditions will of course include one or two sciences you didn't spend a penny on . Problem , the Mali Horseman doesn't know to stop if the going gets to rough . Is this an attribute that the editor chooses ? The fast units are supposed to stop/retreat . 5 or 6 attempts and ı give up . No barracks ı can live with , horsemen dying like flies ı can't . A new set up , r16 the peaceful comes to establish good relations with the world and he starts with blocking Ghana's exit to the ocean by setting up a city at the mouth of what should be the Senagal river . ı haven't given up on warfare yet , ı will have armies by the production line as it is blindingly clear ı won't be seeing much of leaders through battle . And the location will of course allow me to skirt Ghana to the great endevour of opening up the Sahara . then ı meet the dunes . Yes , ı have to find something else and each army costs 400 shields ... ı already have one through battle but things are not exactly rosy . ı have concentrated on Islam branch as ı oppose slavery ; hell if ı research the thing .Playing monarch ı can afford to wait until somebody can do it for me . Not exactly getting cramps but ı wonder where are my sail powered vehicles to fly over the dunes . Now ı have seriously read mostly nationalistic fiction from 1950s about Turkish Corsairs and while historians will not agree on anything , just like the navy day in my country commemorates the Preveze of 1538 , which should be one of the greatest naval feats in history , ı think ı can prove one of the Barbarossa brothers moved his cannons with sails in Tunisia , without barring the possibility that it was done before by others . By the way the corsair ship in the civilopedia is awesome , 500 attack and defence ! ı think ı will have to play in the Red Sea parts to see if mushrooms rise everytime it fires. If ı play Yemen will ı get one ? this is not a flippant disregard of the modders who undoubtedly worked hard to make this realistic . ı used to work as a janitor in a museum and ı can see this is something great even a lesson for anyone interested in the history of the region but in version 1.51 ı want to fly , pleeeease . ı have never learned to use the smilies , how ı am impressed by the game even when ı have that sinking feeling is hard to convey in dry words . nor the relief when ı get the camels or the joy that the raiders are of the stop at one red bar type .The civilopedia page for Sanhaja raiders gives no clue to their ability , the page is cluttered with text . An eyesore in an otherwise unblemished in the parts ı have seen ; just like the very long lines on colonies and monastries . Might be because ı don't have conquests 1.22 , can't tell .One false start again and ı reload . ı save and reload all the time , which is 80 percent of my military prowess . Ghana decides it is wartime ; maybe because ı was testing the camel raiders on them . They are also busy squandering their swordsmen fighting Hausa . Launch 5 raiders to the single iron ore to make sure at least one will survive and then it is plain sailing ; as long as they end their movements on pillaged desert tiles , the troops are immune from counter attack and the cities fall to wave after wave of camel attacks . Now this is war , my kind of war . while ı have some people in the desert looking for some marble pillars and it is becoming somewhat frustrating . Inevitably the editor is fired up , and the map is really big ! ı think ı will never see a 362 x 362 . now the obstacle that officially remains is the bandits in the Sahara but the Hausa are maybe just about to engulf me . Fighting with them gave another army but the situation seems controllable for now . As long as the enemy units are not fast , ı will prosper ı guess . ı gave a city to Chollo for this reason .We will meet again when ı get gunpowder . Even Saladin doesn't look so intimidating even ı try to turn off the diplomacy screen and the CPU doesn't respond in time . ı have the advantage , ı can turn off the power if s___ hits the fan . currently waiting for the Tuaregs to arrive and the aristocrasy is taking far too much but this is the essence of life . If handled a lemon you should better make a lemonade . Having something as spectacular as Civ3 as its base this mod maybe shouldn't called a lemonade , but it tastes superb . for the future , ı foresee a couple of new games maybe replacing a playable civ by naming it Turks in a personally edited scenario which ı think ı can do and then ı will have a go at the Lord of the Rings mod ı downloaded at the same date . The problem is which side ı should choose to marry the character played by L.Tyler. who said ı had substance ? But ı hope my feedback still counts .