Hi, everybody! First of all let me apologize for my bad english. It's like my fourth language, so please be patient with me. I'm a very long-time lurker of these forums. I've read a lot and learnt a lot. Therefore I wouldn't call myself a complete newbie with BtS, since I beat the game on Emperor a few times. But the highest levels still are challenging for me. The other problem (or maybe it's the same one) - I'm not much of a warmonger. I find it a lot easier to gain space or AP victory, than conquest or domination. Typically at the beginning I set an initial goal, manage to eliminate one of the neighbors and hurt another. After that I make an attempt to rebuild my economy and clean the mess a little bit, but in no time find myself in the heat of the science race which I have no chance to win. Obviously I'm doing something wrong. I can seed blood-thirsty ideology amongst my people, but can't push it all the way through to the finish line. So I've decided to "get out of the closet" and ask for help. I will appreciate every piece of advice, tip and critique you have. I'm also kind of lazy with MM, despite I know it's critical at immortal level. Anyway, feel free to scold me for this, too. And of course, thanks in advance! ----------------- Game Settings Civ version: BtS 3.17 with latest Dresden's/Solver's unofficial patch (0.21); Map: Fractal, standard size; Speed: Epic (I prefer normal, but give us some slack there); Temperate climate, medium sea level, 6 random rivals; Difficulty: Immortal; Victory conditions: all enabled (but with high preference for conquest/domination); LMA is the only advanced option checked; As for a nation and leader - random again - and the winner is: Starting position I have to admit, I love Willem. I love his traits and for me he's one of the strongest leaders... But when I see map like this one I automatically think about early cottage spamming and Pyramids. This is great, if it doesn’t prevent from you killing the rivals or at least weaken them enough, so they won’t be a problem in the future. And yet I know already I'll struggle to balance between developing and war. Hopefully, with your help I'll see the light! The save attached, for those who want to shadow.