Hey all I got back into civ iv a few weeks back, after quite a long time away (5 years). I initially started on archipelago maps to give me breathing space. And after a few of those i decided to try a large pangea, prince (marathon as always) Have had an exceptional start!! My wandering quechua popped a scout early on, and about 25-30 tiles away i found frederick. So, i whipped/chopped 3 more quechua out, sent them out and took his capital, one city down and great i thought. Land had a farm and mine, and i got a worker from it too. Then...when moving my scout down i found....the chinese literally 12 tiles away!! So (perhaps foolishly?) i used my captured city and captured worker to chop/whip 4 more quechua's and took the chinese capital too, i just chopped stonehenge in my own capitol (i have buddhism and want to get gpp moving). Now im at a crux about what to do next, i have essentially 2 distant cities..and the upkeep is already showing. I could find the other civs cites, and use all 3 cities to whip/chop quechas and try to take out a third civ, but im concerned this will leave me with a massive empty map and unmanageable maintenance? Would you now focus on slowly expanding up to join the capital to the outposts? Or would you go on another quechua rampage and take another capital if possible? Cheers.