Faster Game Play: I feel the issue is not the Research Tree, but travel time. When it takes 12 or more hours to cross the Atlantic, or say 6 hours to move troops for an attack or defense, this makes the game drag. Civilian Cap Removal: I think this is a BIG mistake. It blows the game wide open. In theory, a player could have hundreds of explores and settlers out there completely out numbering the military. This makes the game totally unrealistic. BRING BACK THE CIVILIAN CAPS!!!