Hi Civ fanatics ! I recently set up an Immortal Tokugawa game and I wondered how to beeline Samurais. I built the Great Lighthouse which helped a lot, so I thought I could easily arrive to Civil Service + Machinery before my neighbours would be strong enough. However, by the time I had Samurais (around 250AD), my neighbours had Crossbows. In such a case, I think it is a better idea to use the catapult as the main attack force, and macemen as the clean up force, which would not be a very good use of samurais. How do U play the japanese ? Is there a smart lightbulbing path to have the Samurais earlier ? My research path was Currency (very helpful considering my neighbours were on other continents but close enough for trade routes -> +3 per trade route) Then a merchant lightbulbed Metal Casting (I wanted the Colossus, but that was probably a bad idea), Machinery, Code Of Laws, Civil Service.