The game was posted nearly 8 weeks ago and there is no spoiler yet?!! Hmm... I started playing earlier today. Only played till -3000 so far and I am not doing very well. Part of that is because I did not get a unit from the first hut. Had to choose between Alphabet and 25g; and I chose the latter. The other is that by founding my capital on the SW tile of the starting position (to get 2 instead of just 1 special) I lost access to the only visible forest and could not produce fast enough. I do not think I made the wrong decision and I expect my decision to pay off in the long term but it slowed down my early production. At -3000 I have one city and expect to build my next one the next turn. I have not met anyone either.