Hi All, I have had some success on Noble, tried Prince and haven't had much luck, so I went back to noble to try some stuff, first of all being more aggressive. Early on I found Ragnar and built a third warrior and marched off and took his cap. Then I built some more cities. I just finished whipping the Oracle and took Monarchy. But...I am dead broke. The problem is that my cities formerly in the Viking area have huge maintenence costs. I have had a struggle before with finance after winning a war, but nothing this bad. Can this be saved? What's the best approach to bringing my commerce up? Perhaps this is my problem on Prince...on Noble I just haven't paid much attention to details, a general approach seemed ok--- but that lead me into this trap. 1. Currency? Sailing? Markets, Harbors? 2. Would building a road between the two areas help? 3. I can shift my tiles to existing cottages and just take the production hit. 4. Does building a galley help with trade? 5. Should I go desperately for Great Lighthouse and/or Colossus? 6. Stop building long range cities and build some near my capital? Or just stop building cities at all for a time. 7. Other ideas... Here is the situation...I have my science at 20% and am barely breaking even. 8. New game, don't be so stupid? Thanks for any general or specific comments. Thanks for any suggestions.