Only few turns have passed and I upgraded from archers to crossbowmen
I research currency, unlock Physics with my Progress finisher free tech, Reform gives me Machinery and Enhancing I'll enter Renaissance through Chemistry. While the tech itself is quite useless for now, and my missionaries and buildings are going to cost 50% more faith (but give me 50% more culture and gold when bougth thanks to veneration), I gain a lot more culture from completing buildings and enemy kills with Terracotta. I send the spy levelling up in Warsaw while I also pay Askia for declaring over Casimir and not having to look at my northern borders, where I settled Gondar to avoid having Songhai settlers at my capital doors but don't plan to expand more. Instead I expand in the crappy desert down there to block Napoleon and have some more coastal cities for when a navy will be needed.
My religion picks and some musings: Synagogues as my building of choice, even more production and science, wltk are quite easy to trigger; Mosques were up for grabbing for better short term science but I lack good GA sources and most of my culture will come from instant yields, my cities are not going to grow fast anytime soon so per-follower beliefs are out, I could have been tempted by cooperation (+15 each yield would have been great this early, worth switch to food tiles) but Portugal took it. Other founders are Songhai, Poland, and Ottomans. This means I could spread to France and Maya quite easily while their missionaries are probably fighting each other converting Assyria. I don't want having to deal with nearby Orders nor plan to go total war after France, some border friction with Songhai and maybe a late sea invasion against any runaway to seal the game. For now I plan to be that runaway.
I was torn between Zealotry, Symbolism, Prophecy and Mendicancy and while all have their pros in this situation in the end I went with the easy choice of Mendicancy mostly for the culture I'm sorely lacking. This means I need a faith sink to power up veneration, that'll be missionaries for now but I reform with to the Glory of God for when I'll have enough followers to max Holy Law. Zealotry could have helped earlier but I prefer to buy units with gold now, despite coming out with half xp. Timing is key. Also, I don't plan to go rationalism and more scientists and engineers will be welcome, I already converted 16 cities and early TtGoG yields will be alright, and I can't help feeling other faith sinks such as Divine Teachings or Faith of the Masses lost some oomph with the new happiness system, base yields aren't that great when I'm sitting at 50% and capped-by-pop unhappiness whole time.