Science Victory Turn 363, 1942AD Going into this game, I knew that the war cart could lead to an early domination victory, but I decided to try to use the Ziggurat to try to get an early science boost towards an ultimate science victory. I also decided up front that I would not declare war and instead try to build alliances via diplomacy. Generally speaking, I was successful. I achieved rocketry somewhere around turn 250 and I had strong alliances with the Russia, Brazil and Scythia. The problem was I did not have the production to churn out space race projects quickly. I spent about 100 turns completing the 5 space race projects with 2 spaceports and some help from great people. During this time (because I had nothing to do except wait), I played around with nukes and joined a war against the Aztec with Russia breaking my initial commitment to no war, but it was fun. - How many cities did you settle or capture? Settled 8, captured 2 via my "fun wars" near the end - What did you prioritize for research and policies? Built many Ziggurats early to boost science. Tried to get as many eurekas as I could to progress quickly along the tree. Generally researched tech where I had the eureka. Once I got close to rocketry, I beelined for that and then prioritized the tech needed for space race projects. - Which VC did you opt for? Science - Did you bother with Religion? I did not get a religion, but was converted by my neighbours. - Did you bother with Culture? It was not a focus area. - Did you bother with Science? Yep. See above. - Were City-States helpful? Helpful for trade and some bonuses. They weren't needed for war. - Any surprises you ran into, how did you deal with it? I was surprised how much production was needed to complete the space race projects vs how much my cities could crank out. Once I started the projects, I knew I was in for a long wait so I started warring against the Aztec. Also, Spain declared war against Brazil who I had a defensive pact with so I got drawn into that conflict. My military was small but advanced due to my science focus. This allowed me to easily defend against Spain, help Brazil capture one Spanish city, and capture one other Spanish city for myself. I likely could have completely destroyed Spain, but because war was not my focus, I accepted their generous peace agreement. - Did you enjoy the game? Yes. I'm not the most experienced civ player so I appreciated the lower difficulty level. Thanks to the GOTM organizers for putting this together!