First, an anecdote to balance out some of the Civ 5 hate around here these days. Wow. I have to say that once you get into Civ V.... it really is a good game, and I was one of the people not so pleased with it upon release. Heck, the night I got it I sent my wife out with the girls for a night on the town so I could lock myself in my room and consume hour upon hour of Civ without interruption. She left at 8 PM. I was calling her by 11 PM asking her to come home or let me meet her out or something because I was so bored. She told me "Carnage04, sit down and read the manual or something. You know half the reason you are mad is because it is new and you suck at it." That isn't an exact quote as my attempts to get her to call me Carnage04 have been met by her with looks of deep concern and possibly a bit of fear and regret. Yeah, she was right. Once I started to understand the nuances of this new version it is a great deal more interesting. I feel it is a bit easier than Civ IV as I still consider myself quite bad at the game, but I can now beat it on Emperor 90% of the time. I have yet to get an Immortal win. It took a LONG time for me to get to that same place in Civ IV. Still....I think once we have an expansion or two Civ V could end up being the better game. Anyway, I was starting to give Immortal another go tonight and I ended up with this map. Future home of the Drunken Siamese Empire. Honestly, I am not sure how to attack this, or if it even looks like a starting point worth playing from. I thought it was interesting in two ways. The most obvious being the amount of wine scattered around the area. The other being the eight horses that can easily be accessed by my capital. Notes: (There are desert hills on the eastern side of the map and Copenhagen has nearby incense, so I could be looking at more cultural resources over there. Dublin is the CS on the bottom of the screenshot that is cut off. I have met Japan but have not located them yet.) Obviously I have some financial concerns. The lack of Rivers in my very immediate area is very problematic in that regard. I was thinking that it may be fun to try to take China and try to make a cultural juggernaut out of Siam's Cultural CS bonus, Wats, and the potential for quite a few earlier game Monastery cities. Anyone have any advice based on this screen shot? Should I begin thinking of rushing China? Should I prioritize popping out settlers and settling near those wine regions and getting to Theology fast? Am I simply in too bad of shape financially out of this position?