Game 5: Egypt Difficulty: King Map Type: Continents, no City-States, extra civs Victory Type: Defeat
So I experienced my first loss today. My goal was to get a cultural win with Egypt. Unfortunately China spawned right next to me and had a more militant approach. While I opted for a less cities, they had quickly surrounded me with a lot of cities before declaring war on me. I stood strong for the first half even taking two of her cities. While easily defending my own, however at a certain point she began bouncing back eventually stealing back her cities and forcing me to give her a ton of things for peace.
I started to recover shortly afterwards and was back on track for a cultural victory, but she quickly caught on and filled my land with tanks and helicopters, my capital was gone two turns later. I'm thinking City-States might not be too bad after all