So, back in the game. I have been away for a few months because...I bought a new computer! And that has opened up a lot of opportunities to play a lot of games I was not able to play before. But I still keep my XP-machine to play some classics that my new computer wouldn't like, such as WCS 2003 and CIV2 of course! I skipped the last game since it was a scenario, that I am not that interested in, so it was #193. With the settings we have in this game (3 civs, small map, restarts off), it was a very easy choice where the game would go in the long way, just some minor decisions what to do first. I spent some time and started with 3 arrows. Hut luck was good, not great because I got some bad techs, delaying monarchy. -4000 move to buffalo -3950 build road -3850 pop hut: Horse -3750 Archer from hut; Karthago founded on 3-special-site -3700 Research Alph -3600 Pottery from hut -3550 Nomads! -3300 Horse (supported) -3150 Supported Chariot...we will...keep him and rehome to our 2nd city -3050 Settler built; Russians already have 2 cities -3000 Discover St. Petersburg, sign peace with russians, get burial + 50g tribute -2900 Utica founded; 50g from hut -2800 WC and weeds from huts, could have gone better... -2650 HBR from hut -2600 None Archer; Russians offer BW to share, not now -2350 Alph->Bronze; Get Bronze + 25g from Russia -2300 Research Laws -2250 Meet Persians, sign peace, they offer Masonry, declined -2200 Malaca founded -2150 Run into Persepolis (Persians demand retreat) -2100 None-horse from hut, now we have 2 horses + 1 archer near Persepolis -2000 Barb horse from polar hut Stats at 2000BC: pop.: 30k; Cities: 3; techs: 6; gold: 114; Gov.: Desp; wonders: -; TR: 0D/0F units: 2 settler, 2 Archer, 3 horse, 1 chariot Goals: Expand, explore, see if we can get Persia down with our units nearby, will we ever get to monarchy?