I just completed my first game on GC32-Crucade (normal diff, large map, ~180 turns) w/ a conquest victory. But I wanted to explore combining conquest w/ diplomatic options to maybe shorten the game. The problem was that I never got the diplomatic option to form any alliances w/ the AI players. I had the technology that said that alliances was empowered, but again, the option never came up on the diplomatic menu. So can someone clue me on the formula (or procedure) for activating diplomacy as an option for victory?