Emperor is a level higher than I normally play. Ghandi is a leader I never play. Large continents is a map I never play. Normal is a speed I never play. Expected this to be dificult if not impossible which is probably not the best mindset to start with. Strategy - non existant, didn't expect to be able to get enough religions to go for cultural, didn't expect to be able to dominate, so possibly a space victory. Start position looked poor from my viewpoint as I expected economy to be ruled by distance and wanted to be in a place where my capital could have citys all round it, not perched in the middle of nowhere. Decided to move one of the settlers inland and leave the other on the coast but move it north, after a few turns decided to make Dheli on a marble hill and the second city on a hill just north of the two clams. Saw blue boarder as soon as Dheli appeared! obviously going to be tightly packed with someone. set Dheli on to Stonehenge straight away nothing else worth building, set other city on to baracks until fishing then work boat, sent worker out as a scout found Alex and Vicky then got eaten by a wolf. Tech: Fishing - BW - meditation - wheel - priest - writing - hunting - archery -- started alpha - switched to argiculture Hinduism came in at 3240BC and the oracle at 1400BC, decision had already been made that Stonehenge is VITAL as I just cannot play without creative trait and after that Alex meant that Axes were just the order of the day. likely problems foreseen : Happyness and food, likely to be killer problems because they are, food wasn't a problem but happyness was and a religion never came my way and I never considered researching one. Declared war on Alex 1320BC got Athens, raized Corinth, took Sparta. Peace. Alex is left with one city, and is spamming settlers in my direction, cheeky bugger, as I had a couple of settlers waiting to do something (one was South in the Ice looking to get happy from the silver, the other was North on the Dye which Alex was heading for) So I decided to sity up the settler on the Dye to stop Alex getting it. Then I looked at the Economy, Happyness meant that I couldn't get a city over size 3, and with the 2 original citys, 2 captured ones, and the one I had just made I settled, that I couldn't make ends meet. 93 turns to research Agriculture and Alphabet was 100's of turns away. Didn't seem worth trying to rescue. Dunno how the rest manage to get an economy going at this level with this leader on this map. Not even going to see if I can do better on another try.