I'm not interested in starting a CE vs SE war, but I thought about something the other day and I want opinions on it from the knowledgeable folks. Most of you are aware that I'm a proponent of things like Hammer, Religion, and Water Econ (see my sig for types of economies) and I generally favor Specialists over Cottages. So I don't know if this'll work. But here's what I thought of. Essentially, you do a Food/Cottage economy to start. You build on Food resources and build Cottages all over. You whip whatever you need because you don't have much production. The Cottages grow and give you lots of Coins, which translates into a high tech rate. Your high tech rate means you get all kinds of tech advantages. You get your multiplier buildings faster. Your cities stay low pop until you run out of buildings to build. Later, when you've got mature Cottages and sufficient tech, you switch to US and FS and Emancipation. You can now produce plenty of gold and rush buy what you need and you still have a monster tech rate. You still don't have many Hammers. This kind of strategy is something I resist because I hate rush-buying too much, but the lower production works well if you don't need but a few buildings in each city. What do you think, what have I missed?