Come one, come all! Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth! (Oh, wait, that's the circus. Wait, no, that is us. ) Download save . . . check. NoAiPatrol=0 . . . check. We're standing on a BG. We could settle on the spot, but 1 S keeps 2 BGs, a river and a hill in the initial 9. Once cultural borders expand, we'll have: (a) 2 hills; (b) 3 BGs (all bordered by river); (c) 2 forests; but (d) puts us 1 tile from the coast. Worker 1 SW onto the hill for visibility gives us a better idea. I might rather just move the settler 1 S and start the worker roading where he stands. Greygamer, I think the problem with Automate and Gotos is when they cross over from one player to another. They make for bad handoffs. I don't see a problem using them inside your own turnset. Just make sure that everything is all wrapped up when you pass the save. Research preferences? With this start, I believe the Republic slingshot is attainable, but if I were going for it, I'd start it right now and beeline it. I think WC might be a viable option. (I like archers). Government? With REL, we can switch, but I've never played a REL civ, so I don't know how often this can feasibly be used. Given the prohibition on making peace once a civ is targeted, Monarchy sure seems attractive. That said, if y'all think Republic can work, I'm OK with that, too.