I recently just started playing this game on noble and think I'm about ready to move up a difficulty level as I've been able to hit most of my goals in-game without cheating (i.e. reloading). I've been finding that early game I usually get a great prophet or GE as my first GP since I usually build the oracle and GE points from the forge (MC typically from oracle). I like the GEs since they basically allow me to grab any early wonder for free (usually Pyramids for more GE points and obviously the government flexibility). However, in hind-sight, this is really something that's "nice" and not "necessary" for winning. Instead of trying to get a GE, should I be trying to get GS the whole game? I mean, if I get a GE or prophet, great, but should I aim to get GS instead of GEs? As for using them, prophets I tend to build the shrine if I found a religion, blub a decent religious tech (usually not since I often skip meditation and trade for it later) or save for a golden age. I don't think there any other uses for him. but for GEs, should I be using them to rush build "luxury" wonders (since I don't think any wonder is necessary, or at least at my difficulty)? There's alot of information on how to use GS on the forum, so I'll skip that. Thanks! P.S. Would it be worth it to build the AP just for the hammer bonus on religious buildings (and not for the diplo win)? I find that I build the religion's temple a lot due to the happiness bonus, and increased production is always welcomed. But is it, in general as specific cases will differ, worth an investment of that many hammers in your production city?