1AD situation: Spoiler : Astro bulb T148 if I continue in this pace I think. I don't really want to stray away from the optics path right now to enable more good trades, thinking of just taking either HBR or Poly+Archery for compas. Have to remember to not go for or trade meditation as that screws up the Astro bulb. 129 sustained beakers per turn is perfecly ok at this stage, no? It's almost guaranteed that I have expanded to the degree that I'm compromising my optics date. North part of the empire. Have chopped most of everything.. Settlers workers.. Most cities have granary+lighthouse+library. Haven't built any forges. The southern part. I can cram in 9 more cities here, bringing me up to a total of 21 cities if I really want. Possibly one or two more on that northeastern peninsula. 15 workers feels nice, actually getting things done even in the jungle. Isabella has clamed down with the wonders. Didn't even get the AP even though she founded christianity. I'm starting to suspect that Capac is in the game. If that was montys culture i saw, he could be Hindu, and possibly share his continent with another AI. Two other AIs might share a continent and Judaism while a third is in isolation with confucianism. Things are looking good I think. What do you think about my idea to boost Isabella? This isn't something I read or see much about other people doing, but I feel like it makes sense (at least in theory). Did you like the call I made to go for alfa myself? What do you think of my pace of expansion? Abit too fast perhaps? How would you have done it differently? Built settlers and just had them standing around? Left forests intact and done something different? Managed with fewer workers..? I feel like I'm playing this pretty safe, building up my empire efficiently and gaining a dominant position. But I'm less sure that I'm really taking the best path here.