I've been playing at Emperor level for about 6 weeks and it looks like I'm finally on my way to my first victory. I tried the Pretorian slaughter strategy that worked on lower levels, but found myself bogged down by an over expanded empire and ruined economy. This time, as Liz (Phil?Fin) I focused on building early wonders and reaping the benefits of huge numbers of GP and building my empire; waiting for the early industrial age to go out and warmonger. It is for this reason I feel the Redcoat rules! Here's why: #1 - The early industrial period is a great time to wage war, as opposed to earlier ages when you have to have to rely on mixed forces, or hard to come by Ivory or Horses. Also, like I said before, my production was focused on Wonder building. #2 - They slaughter mounted units as well as Riflemen, rendering the AI's standing army of old units usless. Building them with Barracks and Theocracy allows you to start them with Pinch (2/3 of stack) or City Defender 2 for garrisons (1/3 of stack) #3 - The anti-rifleman unit (Grenadier), as far as I can tell, does not receive it's 50% attack bonus versus Redcoats because they're not Riflemen. The only problem with these guys is that their usefulness is limited by the appearance of Infantry which are sometimes not too far behind, depending on how far along some AI's techs may be. Does anyone else have an opinion of what special units rule, when, and why?