This is about playing with cheats, not playing without cheats. What people do you play as, why, and how? I like playing as the sicillians or the spanish. When I play as the Spanish I up my florins to 1,000,000 (.deadringer.) and get immediate buildings (.worksundays.), then I train as many emmisaries as possible, and send my current ones out to bribe everyone in the iberian peninsula, the rebels, argonese and moors. I build my ports, inns (to buy mercs so i can keep pumping out emmisaries), and trading houses and then I enter in the cheats for copper, iron, silver and gold (.mefoundsomecu. .viagra. .mefoundsomeag. .mefoundsomeau.) and build the mines and complexes. Then I build up my training halls, focusing on the taverns and upgrades for those so I can have strong assassins. I like to flood the map with assassins and emmisaries, both my enemies and my own nation (border forts and spies everywhere in my peninsula), and then I pump out strong units, looking for those with natural command and intelligence so that I can have a stock of men to make lords and give ceremonial duties to. I ensure that I have strong navies, and then i save game, exit, return (close a game and return to it, you dont get access to cheats), then I sit back, build armies and enjoy making war on those who are too far away from me to stop.