OK, loving the Rome: Total War on the Macintosh (thanks Feral, Sega, and the Creative Assembly). So as an experienced RTW'er, I started out a campaign as Egypt (on Very Hard/Hard). I've now got 28 provinces including all of Asia Minor, Armenia, the Levant, Babylon, Rhodes, Crete and Cyprus, and, of course, Egypt. Now I'm thinking, why expand further? I'm not quite up to Alexander's empire, but as Pharoh, I'm doing better than any of my predecessors (including that slacker Ramases III). Why don't I cut down my army and spend my time building roads, academies, sewers, growing my cities, and generally improving the lives of my children/subjects? I've stayed out of Greece itself, my only real threat is the Brutii, maybe I can just bribe their armies (1/2 stack of Brutii cost about 50,000, I've done it a few times already). Or maybe they'll be happy with Greece and Italy. Why keep expanding and fighting? Let me know what you think.