After all these years that I've been a forum member, this is the first time I actually start a thread. With pretty much all my civ games, I play peacefully and try to go for the space victory (SV), and thus becoming the ultimate underdog. Normally I win this victory without having any real challengers (when I reach Alpha Centauri, the others often just have 1 or 2 structurals). It has been quite a time that I played civ1, so today I started again. The game difficulty is Prince, because I want an easy start. Luckily I was alone on this island where I could fit four cities on. Enough to win SV with. Just for fun I sailed around to meet others and to steal some tech. All other civs were like 10 techs behind, so they weren't a threat. From the time I built AP the Babylonians suddenly start to tech up a lot. My space ship was going slowly, because I had only 5 cities in total at that time. The Babylonians spammed 2 space ship parts every turn, to my surprise. Suddenly they built like 5 pieces in one turn and launched the damn thing. I sold all the universities I had to be able to rush my spaceship and make it so fast, it could actually outrun the Babylonian ship. It was faster, yes. But only by two turns and four turns earlier they launched theirs, creating a gap of two years. So here the fun part kicks in. Although I was running a democracy, I loaded a transport as soon as I could full with the few armors I actually built. My plan was simple and something I wasn't sure of. I can recall from civ2 that if you capture the capital of the enemy, their space program is canceled completely. This was the only shot I had to still win the game. My tanks arrived at the beaches of Babylon and by a strange twist of fate they all won their battles (!). By capturing Babylon, the civ descended into a civil war (which I hadn't seen in a LOOOONG while) and the space ship indeed returned to earth, closing the 2 year gap. I loaded just enough armor to actually conquer Babylon. If it was one armor less, I would have lost. The other thing that was interesting is that all my opponents where peaceful building civs. This gave the game a very cool feeling. ^_^ Sorry. This must have been very boring, but it was really exciting to play. My point is that civ1 can sometimes be totally unpredictable and challenging. Even at a lower level!