When you are planning to invade, where is it best to assemble your troops? I have done so on the very border, but I have lately begun to think that maybe those troops give the AI a reason to build up defenders in the nearby cities. Maybe it would be better to assemble them out of sight, in the AI darkness area, and then the move before you are declaring war, move the troops to the border (especially one movement point soldiers) so the AI doesn't get any advance warning to stock up on defenders. Anyone have experience with both strategies and some ideas of the results. Is there a better surprise factor in strategy #2? Been playing on Prince, Small World, to keep the game moving along. Jetta Man "If you die with the most accumulated toys, you are still dead."