If there's anything I'm still a newbie in, then it's this strategy: putting your sience slider at zero and beat techs out of the AI. I've read about it on these pages and it sounds simple enough. Well, so far I didn't get on with it too well! I chose the Vikings to try out this strategy, those Berserks seemed excellent for the job! So as soon as I got invention, I stopped researching and started harrassing. The Aztecs became the first victim; they had some nice coastal property, ideal for a Berserk invasion. After beating them out of 4 or 5 towns, I reckoned they would probably happily part with a tech to be left in peace. But what did Montezuma say? He said: 'I've got three words for you: 'Improve your medication!!!'' I was starting to lag far behind in tech, and wasn't playing the game I wanted to play, so I abandoned it. Then the current game I'm playing. Not a game I set up to try the 'no research' strategy, but I accidentally rolled into it. I'm playing Rome, Emperor, continents, 11 opponants. Usually I'm playing with more opponants, and I stand no chance at the Republic slingshot, there's always some civ beating me to Philosophy. But here I noticed the tech pace started off slowly, so I thought: 'I might have a chance here, let's try and research Code of Laws here first. And it worked! I switched straight to Republic. Problem was: I only had a bunch of small towns, I couldn't support both units and a decent tech research at the same time. I had to make a choice, and I chose to go full out on military and zero on science. Legionaires! Attacked Portugal. Legionaire golden age. More Legionaires! Portugal at my feet in no time. But was Portugal willing to let go of a tech? No! Other civs were a couple of techs in the Middle Ages, I still had to start researching in that age. It proved not to matter. I signed a white peace with Portugal, picked up research again, and I noticed that research went rather swift, because I now had a big empire, generating lots of beakers. I quickly overtook the AI in the tech race. So it was a successful strategy, setting me up nicely. But was it a zero research strategy? I don't think so. The Republic slingshot and the Legionaire golden age made it work. I didn't exactly 'beat techs out of the AI'. I still don't feel that I master that. Any advice? Am I doing something wrong, or are the stories about sueing the AI for techs exaggerated?