Cultural Victory turn 304/305 Score 634 1422 tourism, 260/242 tourists - How many cities did you settle or capture? Settled 12 Captured 2 settlers and 6 cities total of 20 - What did you prioritize for research and policies? bee-lined computers, deviating for machinery, printing and stirrups as needed spent two turns as a democracy, then switched to theocracy for the rest of the game as 5 of the 7 opponents where running theocracy and i didn't need anything more than tourists at that point - Who did you send to the dustbin of history? no one but did capture 2 cities and a settler from Spain after they Dow me. ( I double forward settled them so I had it coming) then moved on to take over Greece's starting island of 3 cities and a settler as well as a one city peninsula to the north of that island - What did you build for an Army and Navy and how did it change? was light on troops early as island plates lets you get away with a lot in this area. ended up building 2 galleys, 4 quadriremes, 2 frigates, 1 battleship (from retired admiral), 3 horsemen, 3 chariots, 1 sword (from different continent bonus), 2 catapults and a crossbowmen. finishing with 5 frigates, 1 battleship, 1 ironclad, 2 horsemen, 3 knights, 1 crossbowmen and 2 bombards. - Did you use diplomacy? How? yes allied America mid game was close to allying India too but made a couple small errors and couldn't cement the relationship before the warmongering penalties started kicking in. stayed allied with America till 3 turns before the end when they joint DOW me with Arabia; what a bunch of traitorous upstarts. but I forgave then because I'd really already won like 30 turns ago. - Were City-States helpful? yes mainly Geneva, a little later Hattusa and towards the end Buenos Aries. also got 3 envoys into Jakarta and Amsterdam even though i didn't have many commercial districts, only 2 for most of the the game. - Did you use religion? How and were you successful? No, went with divine spark pantheon to chase writers. not sure if this was the right decision, while it did pay off in the end (56 GW points per turn and 13 books), the sea production option would of really helped getting that snowball going early. - What did I learn/ what would I have changed? While my super greedy start was defiantly the right option in spamming builders and settlers while neglecting military, I should have switched to military sooner and conquered Gorgos main island asap, the Spanish cities were much less desirable and didn't really need them. Should of gone boat pantheon as I had several cities that struggled for cogs for much of the game. underestimated Sparta, being an inland city had to use my ground forces. found out they weren't up to the task so had to retreat, build up my forces and ping away at the walls with a battleship and 3 range frigate for many turns before i finally conquered the island. this hurt a lot because i had to stay at war for so long my Greek cities couldn't grow, I had my first ever rebellion in one of the Spanish cities and i wasn't getting the Geneva bonus for ages. I did learn that as long as you have civil engineering rebellions really aren't that bad, kind of annoying but not that damaging. I screwed up several timings for tech and civic boosts like not completing telecommunications to get social media boost, and missed the radio for mass media boost as-well. - Did you enjoy the game? Yes, finally finished a game as England. I'd started several but always got a bit bored with the games. Quite enjoyed the map, the Islands proved restricting while still providing potential to grow strong cities and lots of expansion options which is a nice balance. Was a very good map for parks and resorts too which was fun. finished with 2 parks with room for more and more than 20 resorts.