Ive been playing games on prince difficulty level, I don't like higher difficulty levels as the AI tend to cheat and has an unfair advantage early in the game.

However later in the game, once I have built up a big enough empire, I tend to destroy the other civilizations with little difficulty. At this point, I wouldn't mind the AI being harder and doing a bit of cheating.

Is there anyway to start off on one difficulty level, and then later on, ramp it up?

  • Not ingame, maybe with save editing or something.
    – Arperum
    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:03
  • this save editing you speak of - how does it work? what magic is this?
    – Jimmery
    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:12
  • literally opening the savefile/files in a program that can read it/them and change the correct part. No idea if it's even posible though.
    – Arperum
    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:47
  • if anybody knows of save file editors please let us know!
    – Jimmery
    Dec 5, 2013 at 14:45

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There are multiple mods which can do this. I haven't personally used any so I can only recommend browsing the Steam Workshop and/or Google.

It is also possible to do this by saving the map in the World Builder then opening it as a scenario on the new difficulty. This does, however, cause some problems such as the AI forgetting parts of your diplomatic history.

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