I've played a few of these, to try different things, but never posted my results before, compared to many, I'm way slower and less focused, I like doing everything all at once - How many cities did you settle, or capture? I settled many and conquered even more. - What did you prioritize for research and policies? Religion and science at first and then I remembered that I was playing culture victory so switched to that - Did you send anyone to the dustbin of history? Anyone who declared war on me. Sweden, Netherlands, Phonecia, Mali. I didn't start the war, but I ended it. - What did you build for an Army and Navy and how did it change? I built loads of my Maori, and loads and loads of ships. - Did you use your UU? Was it useful? It was fantastic, the -5 stacking penalty was very powerful. I hated upgrading it to musketmet, but then I always hate upgrading my UU - What was your most useful unit? Scouts, they found so many city states before the other civ's that I ended up dominating city states all game. Also they became the units that handled the barbarian gifts in the southern island landmasses - Was diplomacy useful? How? yes, the votes in the world council were in my favour except for one which was +20%growth/-5 loyalty late on, which was a bit of a pain. Being surezain of so many city states meant I was flush with dip[lomatic favours - Were City-States helpful? Did any other civ give you a hard time about city-states? I had many of the city states from my early scouting. Any I didn't contact early were conquered (Kandy, Babylon La Venta). the new N muilitary state was fought over by all the other civs with many many enviys, I left them to it and hoarded my mastery over most of the rest. - Did religion play a role in your game? Goddess of the Sea got me loads of production and food throughout the game. - What was your strategy, how did you gain your Culture VC? Pretty rubbish all in all. I didn't think about doig cultural things seriously until like T100 or so. In the end, there were many mountain ski resorts and a lot of theatre squares with archeologists/paintings and all the policies at work. - How many Dark Ages and/or Golden Ages did you have? Did you have a strategy? I was golden all the way. Sweden and Netherlands southern areas were continual swarms of barbarians, I killed a barbarian camp every 3 turns or so - loads of gold and era points until the camps stopped giving era points. There was one single barbarian spawn on the nothern landmass where I settled in the whole game thoug I left large swathes of the land unobserved. - What effect did Loyalty have on your settling or conquering? How did you mitigate its effects? My golden ages made things easy. Anyone who annoyed me by declaring war lost 2 cities from my large navy/army and were backed up my governors and loyalty policies. - Any surprises you ran into, how did you deal with it? Norway, England and Phoenicia were mad dogs of war and declared war on each other continually throughout the ages. I stayed well out of that until I allied with Norway. Then Dido declared war on my mate Harald. Well that was the last of her. - Did you enjoy the game? Yes, got to the latest age, and had the seas rising, tiles swamped, building flood dams, trying to capture enough CO2 to delay more flooding from my reckless use of Coal plants was fun.