This is my first post in GOTM. I've been playing catch up the last few months (bought GS in Nov). Want to say thanks to the great community and organizers. @Eyswein , thank you for the detailed notes on your game. Definitely eye opening to see the things you do! - How many cities did you settle or capture? Settled 9, captured... a lot - What did you prioritize for research and policies? First towards writing because my cap had a great campus location, then to horseback riding for the rush. Can't remember if I waited for Maneuver to chop the horses. - Did you bother with religion? No. - How did you get your Military?? Chopped out horseman, later built heavy chariots for upgrade into knights. - Were City-States helpful? Yes, levied one in the late game push. Probably could have levied another one earlier. - Any surprises you ran into, how did you deal with it? More barbs than I expected. Barb quads significantly slowed the movement of my eastern army. Had to slot in the combat vs barbs policy a few more times than I would've liked. At least Gorgo gets culture from killing them. - Did you enjoy the game? Yes, Gorgo's a fun leader to play for a quick DV game. Other: built the Colosseum and Forbidden city, which was, in hindsight, complete overkill.