This thread is here for 2 reasons; 1) To assemble a guide of tips, tricks and Civ for the viewing of New. All peoples can post any tips or stratergys to help improve our gameplay! 2) I've had way to much ice-creme and am sooooo enjoying my Willem van Oranje game that I don't want to screw it, thus the *selfish* reason for this post . So, Metzi's Civ tips! (and tricks): 1) Every civ trait is useful! Play with different leaders/civs (or just press random) to broarden your views on all the traits (yes, protection does have it's uses ) 2) An economy is still an economy. The best economy is chosen by the map. Choose the economy that will lead to victory! 3) Defeat in Civ is different from most other games, that is you learn from the experiance. Having a go (and having fun) is the key to enjoyment in this game! 4) Ask and you shall recieve! The civ fanatics community posters don't post stratergy guides to read there own text (unlike mine ). I never actully knew what a Specilist Economy was until I found this site. Just pop in once a month, it's all you need . 5) Workers and land! Want to run a good economy? You'll need workers! Want to run a great empire? You'll need mines, cottages,farms and the like! Want to get those workers 'working'? You'll need land! This demonsrates the value of REX'ing (Rapid expansion)! TTFN, taa taa for now!