Minning and Agriculture. Is it just me or is this the best opening tech combination? And how come China is the only civ to have it? For some reason starts with China just play out so well. My captial just explodes with growth and production. (Worker first build obviously) As well it gives you lots of options for first tech. BW, AH, Fishing, Hunting can all be good. You can really do anything because you already have the worker techs down. Starting Techs are something people don't talk about much but I find they can make a big difference. Some combinations are just so brutal (Japan without costal start ). Anyone ever put much worth into starting techs when picking a civ?