So...I have read the manual cover to cover, played the tutorial, read Sulla's and some other "intro" walkthroughs/tutorials, and numerous posts on this board. That said, I still need help. I'm brand new to Civilization so I don't have background knowledge on how any of this works, so I apologize if some of these questions are beyond obvious (as I'm sure they are). I've been playing in Settler mode as Catherine, focusing on building cities and keeping the peace, to learn how things works. I'm trying to stay out of war for now since that's a mechanic I'm not too familiar with, but I did make my second city my "military" city, with a fort and all my combat units coming out of there. I initially directed my workers but once things got more complicated I automated them so I could focus on other things. I feel like I'm just randomly building things without a plan. I know I want to go the culture route, so I'm researching techs that lead towards drama and so forth. But do I need to be placing theatres, libraries, etc. in EVERY city? Or just my capital? Do you build things solely to counteract problems in the cities? For example, Moscow was getting too big and the health was declining, so I built a granary. Should I then build a granary in other cities, or only if their health declines? Also: religion. I founded Hinduism in St. Petersburg (military city) and Judaism in Moscow, and I don't really know what to do with them. Should I be building temples and cathedrals for both religions in both cities? If I've decided to make Judaism my state religion, should I still bother fostering Hinduism? And what about missionaries -- I kept sending them to London to convert the masses to whatever religion I had at the moment, but is that the right strategy? And once you've sent a missionary out, do you need to send another? I feel like I'm just randomly choosing religious tactics. At this stage I've been skipping out on building wonders because they're too expensive and don't give me the exact bonus I need. However, I assume as the game gets more difficult, you want to race to build each wonder before everyone else does...is that correct? Finally, regarding new cities...I keep getting the message that I should create a settler to found new cities, but I already have my hands full trying to understand what's going on in the three I have, and develop them. Is it necessary to keep expanding, or can you focus on what you have? I know I need to play and experiment more to understand these things, but any suggestions you have would be appreciated. The guides are helpful but I'm still too much of a noob to take full advantage of them. Thank you!