Heya, i could need some advice on opening strategy with this wonderful starting position (i didn't regenerate). It's a prince game, fractual, epic and i'm playing as ghandi (3.17 with unofficial patch and BUG). Actually i wanted to play my first monarch game since i am easily winning prince...i better rethink Last night i already finished the game with a win in 1990 via space race. It was my 3rd attempt on opening strategy and it was a close race In case someone wants to play the attached game i'll post the rest in spoilers. I'd love to see someone play out the beginning Spoiler : 1. attempt: REX, but my only neighboor on this island has the larger part of land and he has iron. Charlemagne DoWed and crushed me. 2. attempt: settle next to his capital and take 1 other spot he claimed the game before. This killed my economy and he still killed me later on. 3. attempt: settle next to him and DOW: I saw his worker/settler/warrior stack and took the opportunity to DoW. It took ages to finally kill him since my reinforcements took ages to get there and he had 40% cultural defense with CG1/Drill1 Archers. As soon as my unit arrived he whipped another archer. Needless to say, this put me way behind in tech and i just managed to win space race in 1990 (although i won Liberalism race and founded Conf/Tao). Some additional info: Charlemagne has iron, i don't. I tried to take his city once with horse archers, failed. Then i retried by teching cats and finally managed with axes/cats and some chariots. I'd appreciate to hear some better strategies on how to deal with this map (or how to more effectively take his capital).