The hud icon feels like cheating but if is a game option should probably turn it on. What do you mean by moving the first and third cities ne one tile? I assume I am not razing and resettling all ready placed cities? Also yeah at higher levels I have trouble finding the right balance between scouting and building cities. I used to build two to three scouts when I started out but at higher levels that became impossible as I lost city sites to AI to fast - so I build only cities now. Balance is hard.