Inform the men. and the women. I suppose there may be a few children here too, inform them as well. Infact, inform everyone, from the lowliest squirrel to haughtiest cat.
Seriously, I am freaking ecstatic. 2 weeks learning the basics through trial and error, an entire week on just this game (normal difficulty), ~500 turns, coming back from the brink of defeat at the hands of the British, with crap for an army and barely 2 gold coins to rub together per turn, to laughing with maniacal glee as I proceeded to Nuke and Giant Death Robot my way to Complete Global Domination.
And first thing tomorrow? I'm starting up another game, on a higher difficulty, with the awesome Pirate Civilization mod I just downloaded. Why download another Civilization when there are already dozens to choose from? Because Pirates. You don't need any more reasons then that. I do like how they just allow us to manage mods right in the main menu.
I love finding a game can make me feel this way. That can give me a challenge and an experience I've never had before. That I can't win just by overleveling or going in guns ablazing.