I started playing last week. Strategy Purple is ideal for early landing. Starting location is 1-special. Where to build the capital? There is a 2 special 2 tiles away. If I could get a hut during the delay I would have waited but as is, it is not worth it. Size-1 settler? Possible with forest but will delay the second settler significantly. It could build a road for 1g per turn, do hut hunting, and get into position for the next city though that last one is risky with unknown terrain. After careful black -clicking and map analysis, the second settler will reach a hut before the first row of shields is completed. If I get a unit, I will go for size 1 settler. Otherwise, I will have to produce a unit before going for size 1 settler. Meanwhile, the second settler will build a road, go for another hut, and get into position at 65,61 which is 3-specials and a possible candidate for SSC.