Gosh, looks like I'm the worst player ever to play this game! All these responses about "barely winning on diety" or "winning handily on diety" and I've failed three times in a row on King. How could I possibly be doing so much wrong? It isn't my first time playing Civ 5 either, which makes it even more frustrating. I just won Into the Renaissance as France on Emperor, too. I've played the same map three times in a row to see if I could win. Got Alexander and a marble tile right next to my settler, which I settled ontop of. First game: Started Honour to kill Barbs and invade to use Greece's UUs. Doesn't matter, because Ramses gets Oracle, then both of the Cultural and Economic wonders, all before I have unlocked them. He's on the other side of the world from me, so game over. I played it out and even embarked a small fleet to try and invade Memphis...but no chance. Second Game: Ramses is slower this time for some reason but still gets Oracle. To my surprise, Darius gets Pyramids so things are looking up. I get Aristocracy, the Honour opener, full military tech, and invade a nearby city-state using Hoplites and Archers, as some of the advice above recommended, to get the Military wonders early. I get Statue of Zeus. Ramses beats me to Temple of Artemis by one turn. Then, Gilgamesh beats me to Hanging Gardens as well, also by one turn. I'm building Lighthouse in my second settled city, in an awful coastal location. Darius somehow beats me to Colossus, so I wage a desperate invasion and manage to capture both cities with his wonders. So I have Statue, Pyramids and Colossus. Ramses has Oracle, Masoleum and Temple. I finish Lighthouse, and a few turns later Ramses finished Great Library. Since he has like 9 cities, he wins. Third Game: Went Tradition and stayed small. Ramses got 5 wonders before I unlocked any again. Needless to say the second game was very unlucky but I still don't understand why this is so difficult on King difficulty. Alexander's UA being pretty useless doesn't help matters but I just can't understand what I am doing wrong. How can people ever beat this on Diety?