Just wondering who is playing on a HUGE map and how your game is/has going? I started mine Friday evening and I am still on it as Rome. I am turn 285. I have had a crash or two and the load time to get 'into' game is taking a about 5 to 8 minutes. Other than that I finally got tired of Kongo to the north of me and I did causes beli and declared war. It is a 'severe' penalty but really I just don't care at the point. After him comes the Black queen who has DOZENS of Knights in my territory. She has muskets but I have Infantry and artillery. I just took his capital and will grab is last two cities. Then it is to re position the army back south and ready for the conflict between me and France. That ***** stole techs till I parked a spy on my best university (it has 3 mountain sides to it for a whopping +4!) NOTE:>>> Field Cannons DO NOT UPGRADE to Artillery! Only Bombards do! Next game I am going for Bombards like candy because its cheaper and faster to upgrade them (with the right military card). than it is to build new ones! At this stage in the game I am not sure if I am going to go for Science victory or casually annihilate the others. Huge maps feel big and getting around really is a PiTa. Having fun and wonder what is in store for patches and such.