I'm currently playing on Emporer level on earth like maps and want some tips to improve my game. I like Emporer level but rarely win, though I usually go for spaceship victory and am usually close. I generally am not very warlike, preferring to build my cities. I've never been one to go for cultural victories more so because I don't really see how to push these. Here are somet things I normally do and maybe you all will have different ideas. Great scientists - I usually build their 'great building/science lab' Great general - Same thing, I save most of them until I can build the military academy. Great Prohpet - Always use them for their great building if I have the necessary religion so I can get the money from it. If they're all built already I do a golden age with the first one and then usually just end up joining them to the city. When I can use them to research a tech, it's usually old or something I don't need, the religion has been discovered already, etc. I don't normally produce a ton of great people so I save most of them for their great buildings. I build banks, markets and groceries in most every city. I figure the bonus on the income helps even if the city isn't making a ton of money. I also tend to build libraries in every city and later in the game universities & observatories as well. I can Never seem to beat anyone to Buddhism. I always play random civs so I realize I need one that starts with Mysticism to have a chance but even when I do, I always get beat to it. The first techs I usually go after are almost always the ones that would net me a religion. I skip buddhism because I can never get it, I go for Hindu first and try for Judaisim even if I get Hindo, so I can get twice the money coming in when I build the great building for each religion. I can also never seem to make someone capitulate or become my vassal. When I do go to war and am winning, the offer to 'become vassal' never lights up. Eventually I get tired or they end up becoming someone else's vassal! This is Very frustrating for me. I usually have open border agreements with most everyone on the board so I can trade resources and have income from trade routes. I know this can lead to me getting mapped out and attacked when I'm weak though .. and since I'm not very warlike this happens pretty often. I also rarely make any specialists by turning off workers in a city, so I never have any dedicated scientists, or engineers, etc, unless I've added them for some reason (and I rarely do that preferring their 'great buildings') I have more little things but maybe this is enough to start.