What do you think? I have provided my thoughts below. Also, I am now trying my first Cultural game on Deity Standard Standard. Just in case you are interested in my learning process: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=411077 Question: Does the Utopia Project's required hammer increase with the total number of cities (own cities + puppet cities)? (1) Regular (not OCC) Pros: - More income - Faster research - Puppet cities do not increase policy point requirement - Puppet cities increase income and research - encourages an all-out aggressive approach - Faster cultural policy at the beginning (from Cultural City States) Con: - Each extra city raises required Cultural Points by 30% (adding just a few turns could mean losing to a Diplomatic/Science victory), slower policy gain towards the end. - Delayed building of key National Wonders (National College, Ironwork, Hermitage) (2) OCC: Pros: - Fast to unlock policies, fast to reach Utopia project (Starting from mid-game, when the City's own cultural output outweights City State's contribution) - Faster construction of National Wonders - Instantly raze all conquered cities - very large capital territory, getting more resources - encourages a passive-aggressive approach Cons: - Little income - Slower initial policies from less City States allies (3) Regular setting, one-city only Pros: - Faster policy, Utopia Project - Can still sell conquered cities - a little income and create a buffer zone - also encourages a passive-aggressive approach Cons: - Little income - Smaller border My current game is a mix of (1) and (3), with 2 cities and try to stay peaceful as long as possible.