I have a game where an AI has -significantly- exploded well ahead of most of the other players. There's Very little chance any of the AI as well as myself will have any ability to catch up. I have yet to reach Ancient era while it is beyond clear they have hit metals and have something on the order of 12-14 cities by now. I am also constantly in the hole $ wise, and expanding is not remedying this situation. Am I going to remain hosed for the rest of the game? I don't seem to have any really game breaking access to good high money resources in close vicinity even when I DO hit metals and then jewelry.... Edit: I may need to look into slavery and its true benefits? You can settle captives in cities right?