Probably this question has been asked before, but i didnt see it on the forum when i took a quick look around and because the question is my main 'problem' while playing ciV, i thought lets just ask. The problem is the numbers of cities i found during the game. Most of the time ive settled all of my cities by the year 0, or before. I usually use the liberty policy for my first settler after building a scout, worker, warrior(sometimes i wait with building the settler or taking the policy in order to get the national college up and running). Most of the time i have 3 cities when i reach 1000 bc and i start to border the other civs, or dont see any valuable space for a new cities(no new luxery resources). Most of the time, i then start conquering(creating a puppet empire). During this i always get the feeling i have to few 'core' cities, allthough i dont fall behind compared to the other civs(i play on King). To sum it all up, i dont know how many cities i should go for(not conquered ones allthough annexed cities could also count, allthough i dont like annexing because of the rase in culure cost). I understand that it is not an exact science, but some guildlines would be helpfull. Another issue is until when i should keep on going to settle cities(keeing happiness and other facotrs in mind ofcourse)? Until warfare? always keep expanding? as long as there are resources? i think you'll get the idea.