O.K. so I've been playing Civ III for almost 1 1/2 months. I used to regularly kick the AI's butt in Civ II at Prince level. I had only limited success above Prince level. Now I'm playing Civ III and have won many games at Chieftain but the scores are awfully low. My best score so far has been 994. So I thought I'd try and play at Warlord to increase my score. Much tougher, the AI kept pace with me researching stuff often outresearching me by one or two tech. They seemed to expand faster than I, even though I was cranking out a settler about every 5 turns. And everyone was annoyed with me and picked fights often. Now I don't mind that and I won several wars but doing so takes so much time that you get behind on research, growth, etc. But I digress, fast forward to the 18th century where Germany had destroyed Russia and I've got the Indians, French, Iriquois and Americans on my side. Suddenly Panzers are everywhere, no matter how quickly I produce tanks they make panzers faster, I've got fighters in every city but they NEVER defend against German bombers (yes, I've set all of them for air superiority missions). So I retire, frustrated, and you know what? Even though it counted as a loss, I tied my high score from chieftain level! And no matter how quickly I get a wonder built someone almost always gets it built first w/ a turn or two to spare. So, this isn't a rant. I love the game. I've even come to terms with getting screwed on resources a lot of the time, sometimes you gotta trade away your dignity to get oil or aluminum. And that's fine. I just wanna win at higher levels. I read about people on this forum all the time talking about kicking the computers ass @ Regent, Monarch and even Deity and I'm going "HOW?!?!" How the #@$% can this be done. So I'm doing something wrong. Help me, please. "do or do not, there is no try."