The consensus in the thread seems to be that the optimal strategy for generating great people is to concentrate on one city. Over the course of a game, this certainly makes sense. What about the first few though? For example, if you are like me, you reach a point where the happy caps and your economy require you to put the brakes on city growth and the research slider, and you can usually whip a couple forges/libraries/courthouses/temples (or, if you're lucky, a wonder or two.) At that point, using my current game as an example, I have the GL and a library in one city, a forge, the Great Wall and Museum of Maus in another, and a random-event-generated-settled-GS in a third city, who now has company from the library there. While I am running HR, I have more food than happiness in those three cities. [I am alone on my landmass and was first to CoL, but the nearest civs are Hindu, who are warring with the Buddhists so I am not ready to alienate the world by picking a religon.] After reading this and other threads like it, I am wondering if I am heading down the wrong road by having three cities generating similar amounts of GP points? One city is (roughly) 75+% GS (GL and a "working" GS, plus the GP gpp from the Moai Statues); one is a mixed bag (has generated a GSpy already from the Great Wall; now with GW and MoM, and a "working" GE (forge); the third is 100% GS (two GS from a library and a third a settled scientist from a random event.) I am going to pop my 2nd and 3rd great people shortly, after which I hope to be able to choose a religon and lift the caps a bit. From the math, on a purely great person generating standpoint, it does not seem to make sense to continue running those specialists in all three cities. Does it matter that I'm playing a Phil civ? I know the ratios don't change, but I will get to great people 4 and 5 sooner than otherwise. My original thinking was that given my fairly isolated start and my characteristics and circumstances (decent food, nearby calendar resources), having more GP farms rather than fewer would garner me more GP. Since that clearly is not the case, when do you close down GP farms 2 & 3?