I am a long term Civ player who used to get frustrated at Warlord level, to the extent most of the time I would play Islands maps, turtle away and try and win a Cultural victory! Less than two years ago I discovered this wonderful place and thanks to the articles, the helpful people on here, the Nobles Club and the Hall of Fame I learnt so much - like the importance of cottages and the power of the whip (I used to avoid slavery due to the dreaded slave riots!!). I can win games on Emperor for the Hall of Fame where I can pick my opponents and have a really strong start but am more comfortable at Monarch level. I feel the time is right to really kick on, consolidate all I have learned and really embrace Emperor level as my natural level. So in time honoured tradition I'm going to post a game here and hope people will help me along, give feedback and help me bring it all together. I've chosen a Random leader on Fractal, Standard size, normal speed. Spoiler the settings used : Spoiler the leader : So I got Sury (Expansive and Creative) with this start:- So that's the Settler on a River Plain Hills, with 2 sheep in sight - one a Plains Hill and one on a grassland hill. SIP seems a pretty good bet and not sure if the Scout could reveal anything that would make me change that so I'll just move him onto the Plains Hill 1SE. Sury starts with Hunting hence the Scout, which is a pain - no early worker stealing! So I'm thinking SIP and work the Sheep Plains Hill, this means I will be working two plains hills for 4 hammers and thus will gain an extra hammer from the Expansive trait if I build a worker. If I'm going to build a worker he needs something to do so Animal Husbandry seems like the best choice for a tech. Thoughts / comments / corrections??? The save is attached - I've used BAT mode for this one. Thanks in anticipation for all your help!