Good show. Might've been faster to the 20k win by expanding out to a few cities to keep the economy going better, but getting any OCC to any win on Emperor is quite good!
How many units did you have through most of the game? In Republic in C3C, unit costs can really put a drag on the economy. You had "cannons equal to your defensive units" - sounds like that was costing like 20 or more per turn? And with paying for resources on top of that, how'd you even come close to keeping up in tech? I guess Theory of Evolution really helped? Were you researching or buying your techs?
Also interesting to see Carthage turn into a power. Seems like they got killed off in most games, including mine.
Glad to see you participate here, Bede, and hope you'll stick around for more Epics. (Speaking of which, do we have any in the pipeline?