I got the game for Christmas and cant for the life of me figure out how some of my cities have zero growth. Ex: set my capital city by either a river, on the shore or by a resource, get it up and running, make a settler. Take a settler and warrior to scout a new city location. Find a likely spot, click on the tiles to see what kind of food/shield/gold output will come from it. All 9 tiles show at least 1 food, 1 shield and 1 gold, cool.......or so I thought. Build the city, get a few warriors, etc going, build temple and look and see my population is stuck at 2! City screen will show zero growth. My example was on a combo of plains, jungle tiles. So I decided to try a few things, had a worker clear the jungles, build roads, but not put any mines on the tiles and he irrigated the plains tiles...zero growth still. How in the world do I fix that? Also, Im getting my butt handed to me royally. For some reason I have a big "Kick Me" sign on my capital building and the other civs are taking me out. I try to initiate trades, sometimes they work. Other times the other civs want me to hand them tech stuff for "tribute", when I tell 'em to shove it....they declare war. Any hints on how to balance tech with army growth? I did manage to win 1 game, a Domination victory. I pumped up my science and built nukes.