I'd like to survey what map settings (most importantly map size, game speed and number of AI opponents) the forum members play on. Also I'd like to know how long the computing time in between turns takes your computer at your map settings. Your hardware configuration would also be good, stating your CPU and RAM is enough since they are biggest factors in Civ 4. So I'll start off... I play mainly Huge Fractals, Hemispheres, and Terras with 13 to 18 AI's (Not winning all that much... ). Aggressive AI and Choose religions are usually on. Turns during the ancient to the medieval age are near instant and turns from renaissance and on usually take 1 or 2 seconds. Turns during late industrial and modern are where it tends to bog down and turns can take 4-5 seconds (sometimes more during wars). This is with a C2D e6300 OC'ed to 3.0Ghz and 2GB RAM. Oh yes, I nearly forgot, I'd like to know if you play at your settings because of computer hardware limitation or if just prefer as so. ex. I don't really like to play normal speed standard maps because they just don't feel epic enough for me personally (specially when the the ancient age takes less than 5 or so minutes to get through most of the ancient age (depending on your hardware) - but that's just me... it's not to say I don't like them, I just prefer the huge maps with more AI... the GOTMs are mostly normal and epic and they are always fun.