Hello, from a new player to civ3 (and conquest/PTW) (have played Civ 1 beating monarch once). I am sorry If I am annoying or you have too many posts asking to 'rate me'. But as not so experienced Civ player I would like to ask that proposal. I have played like 8 games of PTW and decided to try conquest after reading 'Conquest of the World' in Civ 3 stories. I'm not in that hard level or playing on Earth map. My games are on warlord as chieftain is too easy to play (conquering the world with sipah is not that hard). I don't yet know what this site has to offer, so I'll just ask you to comment what am I doing wrong in my recent conquests game (on warlord level). MY first conquest experience was just terrible, all started out fine (warlord level), expanded with same pace as computer (had one city more than most computer players (AI's?)). But after volcano blew up 2 of my most important cities - most with biggest production and one with 2 resource in its borders. I rebuilt them, but after other lava flow destroyed them again, i gave up. So this is second try building an empire in conquests. (spoilers due perhaps not all would like to read my umm analyze?) Spoiler : Started expanding phase by building 2 warriors for exploring and then few settlers. Found quite many good city places and chose (IMHO) best of them. (Are coastal-cities built on one not used land tile, but near fish, useful?). Small analyze (Best I could do): Pasargadae - built by settler got from hut. Lagos - taken from Portugal after I Decleared on them for Art of War, starved it to small size(1), rigth after Conquering it. Chenju - Captured from Koreas, They decleared due Portugese Made military alliance. Starved Lisabon by surronding it with units(an. civi.) After that made peace with Portugal due 4 gold per turn is nice. Took Namp'o with 1 ancient cavalry backed up 2 by Crusaders. Destroyed koreans connection to capital and horses & saltpeter. Poyang was taken after starving it to size 6 (size where they do not get def bonus, right?) Destroyed Wonsan due Koreans not accepting my peace offer and it was size 8 city [those flip sooo often] (a bit gold per turn and 3 or 4 slaves) replaced city with my own settler. Got more workers as slaves than I expected. Can slave-workers to be sold back? If I join slave-workes with city, can that city defect or rebel more ? Have so few workers due I had enough to work the lands around city, b4 cities grow - irrigated/mined & road-ed lands were ready just then when cities grew. Usually keep like 1 per city. What about those forest, keep them or cut 'em down? If cut, then why? and reforest once I find that the new-grass-tile has no shield on it? And I am not using many unique units of Persians (immortals) due I saw no use. My war was first one in world and I have not enstablished any embassies yet, what is use of them other than maybe making civilization to face two enemies from 2 sides? How to rise my reputation? Oh and I did not plan to build so many wonders, they just appeared as computer did not build them... Should I have skipped them? I went first for iron working then to monarchy... I also have no idea what to do those mounted troops... (keeping few outside of city due defecting - i've lost a lot of units due that. HTML: http://forums.civfanatics.com/uploads/137452/Saves.rar 2 saves on conquest 1.22 (is that recent patch) (number is said on left&bottom corner of conquest main menu.