Here's the pace I've set: T7: built a warrior (settled PH and work FPH) T13: capture a worker! T15: Huge setback My scout is killed! No more huts for me...however I suspect they're just about gone since I went with the Seas and Dense Clusters. I hope I can manage to meet everyone (or more accurately, they can manage to meet me) by the time Alphabet is available. I did manage to get Agriculture and Animal Husbandry free and 249 gold. I have no use for AH at the moment...but the one thing my scout did before he died was reveal that Joao has horses in the first ring of his capital. Joao is the first target since he's obviously so close with a worker steal only 6 turns after the warrior came out. More importantly, he has horse in the first ring. That means no GW rush for me. It's going to be chariot/HA/Knight. Gandhi is next, so I set all EPs on him for now. Soon after, I learn he's researching Animal Husbandry. Around T50: I've sent 2 warriors to stake out Gandhi's Pig and Cow. Sure enough, a worker shows up on Pig right after he finishes AH. Wait.... Wait.... Naturally another worker shows up on the Cow. Pounce! Meanwhile, I finally make peace with Joao and backstab him for another worker T90 Empire status: I'm researching HorsebackRiding. I have 4 cities with Pop 8 total. 4 workers. 3 Gold. Horses. The plan: I have marble coming in the 2nd ring, so an Oracle is probably in my future. Ideally, Feudalism around T160. I think the Oracle will go that late, right? Assuming I've taken care of 4 AI by then with my chariot/HA's, I'm hoping that my power is high enough to take at least 3 peace vassals. Ones that are really far away I hope. That gives me 90 turns to vassalize the remaining ~7 civs if I want to reach my T250 goal.