I hope you'll finish your shadow game as well.
I'd like to, as I'm enjoying it quite a bit. We'll see. I'm afraid it's fallen by the wayside a bit, what with Epic 28, my unhealthy amount of history papers to write for school, and RSN, Bloodmoon. But I would like to try and finish. I'm learning a lot, I think.
Always War really is a hard variant; don't let these ridiculously early finishes get you down. It's not nearly as easy as some of the reports make it look.
Well do I know. The only thing I get dejected by, really, is that y'all seem to be able to pull an offensive off with far fewer units than I am. That bit's hurtful. Otherwise, well, I play AW (and all the Epics) with the knowledge that I'm by no means the best Civ player in the world. I'm in it to play the game and have fun, and if everyone else does better, well, good for them. I'd like some points, but if I don't get 'em, that's ok too.
However, if Realms Beyond Morrowind were to come about...