Take 2 Spoiler : Tried this again. The main differences this time were settling the second city 3N to work the gold and building 1 fewer warriors. I got to aesthetics faster, but could have definitely done better by focusing on libraries in the capital and in Heliopolis (were the GS will come from). Some thoughts: Spoiler : I think there's tradeoff between settling up north and settling west. There are two good spots out west -- corn-marble and gold-spices-wheat. I don't think it's possible to get both of those as cities 3 and 4. Rome and Ethiopia settle them too fast. Spices-Gold city might not be good enough that it's worth it sacrificing the early beakers, though. In this game I got Hindu which makes diplo much easier. I have too few workers. I just finished worker 3. It would probably be better to delay a granary or library somewhere in exchange for another worker. BiC's capital is way better than mine. Size 5 over size 4, 30 points into a GS, working two cottages with more on the way. @BornInCantaloup can you attach a save so I can peruse it?