I have been thinking about this quite a bit recently, especially with all the recent posts calling for civ 'X' to be buffed (balanced in relation to every other civ). Personally, I don't understand the want for this. Why would we want all civs on the same level playing field? The way I see it, some civs are there for a unique challenge, when you have played the game so much you can win with your eyes closed, maybe it's time to try a civ with a 'handicap'? Just to try something different. By the way, what TBS games have all civilizations/races starting equal? I don't play a lot of other TBS (just GalCiv III); so I am really not aware. I compare it to other genres of games like this: MLB The Show -- All teams are obviously not equal. Want to win a little easier? Play Boston or Los Angeles. Want a tough slog of a season? Play Miami or Cincinnati. (other sports are the same) Tekken -- Learn the ways of Lei Wulong and learn the intricacies, synergy, beauty and flow of his unique fighting style. Or just pick Hwoarang and smash LK and RK blindly and repeatedly until you win. (other fighting games are the same, AFAIK) I don't play games like Destiny and Overwatch, but I am fairly certain all those characters are not "equal". Anyway, thanks for reading. I'm going to stop typing now, because the patch just came out, and this thread will be buried in a minute anyway.