Here's my report up to 1800 BC: Spoiler : tech order: mining -> BW -> AH -> pottery -> writing -> (currently aesthetics) military: 2 vultures, 2 warriors, 1 worker. 3 cities, total pop 7 (5/1/1) 15 bpt at break even. I settled the spot to the south claiming cows and blocking off the mountains. I then settled SW on the river to grab the resources there. It looks like I've blocked off lots of land so I just need to grow really fast now. I'm short workers and bpt so I'm thinking churn out 3-5 workers, get aesthetics and trade for alpha/IW. There's some great land to claim on this map, as long as we don't tank our economy in the process. my land: And my diplo: I just made contact with Saladin so I'm thinking SE of Eridu may be a penninsula. Now that I'm looking at my save, I probably should have skipped aesthetics and teched towards priesthood - I completely forgot about the UB.