Lately, I feel as if I have to turn off Tech trading in order to enjoy the game experience. The probem is, I don't feel as if I've truly earned a victory when I do this. I'm trying to work my difficulty from Prince to Monarch, but no matter how well I'm playing, I always seem to fall behind (tech wise) by the industrial age. I've seen suggestions on how harassing civilizations like Mansa can help keep their technology advance in check, but sometimes you can't get them all. Additionally, I realize that as the difficulty levels rise, earlier victory strategies may be necessary...which makes me sad, cause I really like modern era wars I guess I'm just rambling, but if anyone has any suggestions for keeping up with the tech race on the middle difficulties, I'd love to hear them. P.S. As mentioned I typicallly play on Prince/Monarch and after one or two techs, I beeline to Alphabet.