I've played civ 4 BTS for quite some time now, but I've never mastered the highest difficulty (2 wins in 10+ games). I would appriciate comments and shadow games. About leader: I think WvO is one of the top tier leaders with creative and financial both decent early traits. UB and UU is both below average on pangea, but I find good traits to be more important than UB/UU anyways (unless for the superb warcarriot). The start: Spoiler : Thoughts about the start? I think it's a fairly good start, we got marble, some early commerce/happy in 2 floodplains and a gold, although fairly foodpoor. SIP or on the SW PH? The PH tile might be a resource though, since everything else is forested. Move warrior 1 NW? Techs: AH if no other food resource, then mining -> TW -> pottery?