Culture Victory T231/232 - How many cities did you settle or capture? About 20 total. I took out the Americans by T105 or so, gaining 5 cities from them. Later in the game I settled about 6 cities scattered around the globe to get resources (edit: luxuries, not resources), places for seaside resorts, and a national park in that wonder north of India. - What did you prioritize for research and policies? Top of the tech tree more than I bottom, radio was important. Mass media in the culture tree. - Did religion come into play in your game, please explain. I barely missed out getting a religion, but the Americans had one, so I got a few martyrs out of Washington after I captured it. But then Japan and England started fighting over the religion of my cities, wiping out America's religion. For a while, I had no religion in the cities with holy sites. I eventually had to build more holy sites in cities with a dominant religion to be able to produce apostles. - How much warring did you do? Was it effective in supporting your Culture objective? Taking out the Americans relatively early looks like it was a good call, given the trouble they apparently gave other players. I wanted more space and England was super friendly, so I picked my other close neighbor. Soon after I finished off the Americans, Rome declared on me but was totally ineffective at invading over water. Brazil and Norway apparently joint warred me later, but I had already the tech/civic that gives every city bombardment and enough boats that they were never a real threat. - Were City-States helpful? Yes! Lisbon protecting trade routes against barbs was undoubtedly helpful, although it's impossible to say how much. Buenos Aires turning bonus resources into mini-luxuries kept me from having to build entertainment districts until quite late. Toronto is of course great, although I don't know if it shaved much time off this game. I wanted Zanzibar, but Rome kept throwing envoys at them and I decided Lisbon and Buenos Aires were more important. I briefly had Yerevan and used in to get a couple of martyr promotions before I completed Mont St Michal. - Any surprises you ran into, how did you deal with it? This was my first game above king and the AI were surprisingly not much of a threat. - Did you enjoy the game? Yes!