So, I have just completed my first game of CivIV BtS: A domination victory in 1802AD, (would easily have been conquest though) playing as Hannibal on a small pangea map on Settler. It was really easy, I struggled a bit to take out my first AI but that was because of my lack of knowledge of how combat works. I had a basic score of 5200, not that it matters at Settler. But a lot of questions cropped up while playing, so I decided just to put them all into one thread. For my second game, is it better to go on chieftain or warlord or straight to noble? I found Settler ridiculously easy, have a long RTS background, and used to play Galactic Civilizations 2 several years ago. Early Decisions: When should I build my first worker and settler? I know this is an important decision as city growth stops when you build them. And how fast and often should I start new cities? I only got my 1st one 360BC, thats probably quite late. What about Wonders? When should I start building them? Culture: How do i get culture early on? I really struggled with this. Once I could build theatres and had a large empire and was building wonders, it was ok, but early on, I got out-cultured and my opponents had a lot bigger borders. Religion: I pretty much completely ignored this until I founded Christianity 75BC, and even then, I neglected to spread it outside my few main cities. How important is it to adopt a religion and spread it early on? I heard it plays a big role in diplomacy but I havent seen this yet. So basically, I need some advice on the early game: when to do what, build what, and in what order. I know in Settle i could get away with almost anything, but I want to know whats a good basic "build order" to start with, I guess you could say. And I am going to read some articles and look through all the intro courses at the War Academy, Ive learned a lot just through this one easy game and also reading Sulla's walkthrough, very useful and lots of little tips and strats there. For example, after a seemingly endless war to take out one "stack of doom" on an opponents Capital city, I read about the usefulness of Catapults and collateral damage... Would have saved me a lot of time and effort if I had known earlier.