Judging by how long you have been around here, you ought to be able to handily beat the game at King if not higher. Getting railroad in BC is by itself another sign that you are playing at a level that is too easy for you.Yes. I have tried higher levels, and even survived to the end of the game a couple of times on Deity, but I'm not good enough to routinely play at the higher levels.
I take it you never play the aliens, start on Alpha Centauri, or the Buteo? Some techs normally considered basic, like Trade, are simply not available to those races, or else it doesn't work because it's impossible to communicate with others until some higher tech is achieved.No it doesn't. Scenarios and mods require different strategies.
That you, personally, elect to play only mods (eg, Fantasy and Sci-Fi games) to the exclusion of the Original game (the regular Civ2 game, for those who don't own ToT), does not make the entire game of ToT a Civ2 variant. By the same logic, MGE (Multi-player Gold Edition) is a Civ2 variant because it shipped with scenarios. There are many people who don't realise that the core ToT game is pure Civ2 (MGE gameplay + bug fixes) and have overlooked it as a result.To me, Test of Time is a Civilization II variant, and yes, the strategies one uses to navigate the tech trees IS different from those in the regular Civ II game.