Hi guys! I've been playing Civ 4 off and on for some time. I bought BtS not too long ago and I've been an avid reader of several story threads and as of late the ALC Series. I notice that my biggest hurdle to overcome is to pay attention to small details. It's in my nature to see the bigger picture, but at the beginning of the game (without using world builder..) there isn't a bigger picture to see really.. Here are two screenshots: As you can see, I chose Willy because I wanted to play a (mostly) peaceful game and I also wanted to be able to utilize his UU to a great degree for defensive purposes. I've played as him before and enjoyed it. You'll also notice the difficulty level..yeah, it's not much, but I haven't played CIV4 quite enough to master all the game's technicalities. I've fiddled with Noble here and there but I need to learn to understand the game so that's why I'm playing at Warlord. I have several questions: 1. Is this a good starting position? I seem to think it is, if not a little overloaded with health resources. My fishing/agriculture start does a lot of good with the corn and the clams, so that's a plus. I was thinking about researching AH to take advantage of the sheep, but I'm not 100% sure.. 2. I want to move the warrior 1W because it looks like the east is short on land. The goody hut will be popped on the 2nd border pop if I settle in place so I don't need to worry about getting to it. Also, unless I'm mistaken, there is an ice patch to the northwest of the warrior, but the more obvious sign that I'm WAY up to the top of the map is the ice island/peninsula. So should I explore what is bound to be tundra to the west or see if there's something more useful to the east? Not that it's a big deal but still.. 3. Overall, is this a good start? To my unexperienced eyes, it seems as if this is an excellent starting position even if I'm overwhelmed with healthiness. I know that with a Financial trait that a cottage economy is likely to be optimal, but with all those coastal water tiles with 3 gold leave me confused as to whether I should farm (if it's possible?) all around or cottagespam. I also think the hills give me a good production base which is definitely necessary. Anyway, I was just interested to see opinions so I could have some sort of feedback on my ideas and see whether I'm headed in the right direction of thought.