What's wrong with "tactics-lite?" We need some tactics, right? We can't be all or nothing in regards to strategy and war. Civ has always been heavy on the strategy and building and light on the tactics, or perhaps non-existent in your view. There are some like myself who think they may have struck the right balance, or are close to that point. Maybe a few more tweaks, but I think it's almost soup. Besides, it's what we've been given and it plays pretty well imo. My own gripe is that I don't care much for the modern air wars/nukes. I find it a little grating, too close to real like perhaps. I much prefer the previous eras. But, it seems that it's necessary to deal with on the highest level. Otherwise a drop down in difficulty to emperor allows finishing up a conquest before flight. I guess medieval chess play is really more my kind of game, and 1UPT serves that very well. BTW, I'm impressed with your knowledge of tactics.