Go out and get this game NOW. NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW. It's so awesome. Let me describe my experiences. I started out with the Roman Empire and began building cities along the coastline of the humble continent I started out at, quickly gaining the lead score in the game. Then I began to encounter my only neighbors of the land, the nefarious egyptians. I immediately buit up archers around their borders and invaded, breaking their back and taking their capital very quickly. By the time christ was born I had the continent to myself, and I had begun to explore the distant oceans, trading maps with new neighbors I encountered to get a better picture of the world. I then invaded the Aztecs on the largest continent with many of the countries upon it (I shall call this one "Europe"). I sent vast hordes of convoys across the great oceans, landing my troops and gaining early victories. But it was all in vain. They had a weak defense rating, all of them, and so my expeditionary force was destroyed. It wasn't long before a galley found its way to my shores, and my beloved great city, the second one I had founded--Ivluvcatan, fell and was raised to the earth by their barbarism. I quickly quelled their invasion, but even now the damage is irreparable. My nation is still recovering from that blow, five hundred years later.... And so then I made peace with them and set my sights on France, the great nation to the south. I landed many troops there and managed to take one city before I got my ass kicked by their dragoons (or guys with guns on horses). I made peace with them, but they still hate my ass. England looked easier to destroy. I am now in the process of invading England, but they have allied themselves with many people around the world, forcing me to go to war with almost every nation on earth (except for, thank god, the french, who are easily several times more powerful than I am). The Great War has started, and they will soon all be under my dominion. Even the French. See what it did to me??? This game is unbelievable, it is amazingly provacative, in depth, just PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT.