Great article. Only skimmed through it; intend to go back and read more closely. Agree with WastinTime that the best strategy on quick speed is bombing the heck out of your cities with Great Artists. You can get by with as few as three cities and only your capital really needs to worry about building culture; you're going to bomb cities 2 and 3 up to legendary. I haven't played cultural for a while, but as I recall my builds were something like this: City #1 (capital): Parthenon, temples, monasteries, cathedral(s), Hermitage, etc. City #2 (GA farm): granary, library, temples, National Epic City #3: Oracle, temples One counterintuitive tip is to not switch to caste system/pacifism right away. I'd run slavery mainly to be able to whip out the needed buildings in the GA farm. After I built the National Epic in the GA farm only then would I switch to caste system/pacifism. As usual, you tech to liberalism, and then switch to Free Speech/100% culture. To give credit where credit is due: I got this strategy from copying Justjohn's HOF entry for settler/quick (and other people's games as well).