Hi all I've really been trying to work on my early-game recently (first 100 moves or so) - reading a tonne of very helpful strat posts here and watching some 'Let's Play' etc, anyone care to take a look and see if I still have any major leaks? I beat Prince a few times but then kept getting owned at Monarch, so this one's back down at Prince, playing as Aztecs/Montezuma. I chose him specifically because I've always disfavoured warfare (culture/space wins just seemed easier), so now trying to get better at that, and this guy seems like he'll facilitate that. This is continents map, huge/epic. Not sure what info you'll want/need so here's a bunch of screenshots: 1) My empire so far. 4 cities. 2) My capital, Tenochtitlan, F: 3975 BC 3) Second city, Teotihuacan, F: 2275 BC 4) Thiird city, Tlatelolco, F: 1675 BC 5) Fourth City, Texcoco, F: 395BC 6) Overall continent 7) Tech Screen Points that I specifically struggle with and looking for advice on: City Placement. How am I doing here? - I chose capital starting site to tie in the nearby four resources. I could've gone one to the right to get the pigs too, but I felt like I had plenty of food already and wanted to get the hills on the left instead to mine. - Second city up top was mostly a push for stone. I chose this site (which didn't give me immediate access to the stone without a culture pop) to try to get the horses above too, but Germany beat me to them. - Third city site on the right I chose to try to make use out of all the hills nearby, but still be next to the fresh water too. - Fourth one down the bottom is brand new, and was just intended to make use of one of the spices, the corn, and because I generally want to start expanding that way. General warfare strategy - So in the top half of this continent we have myself, Frederik above me, Victoria out to the east, then Justinian has the whole bottom half to himself. I've mostly decided to go after Victoria first at some stage (Justinian is too far away), then decide which of the following two after that (prob Frederik since I'll have him cornered). Is this a decent approach? - Given that Monty has half-speed production of Barracks, should pretty much every city here have one and help out with Military Production, or would it be better to specialise a couple cities? - What's your general plan for the next 100 moves? Beef up the army now in preparation to strike, or expand some more / build a more stable base first? Any other advice/thoughts appreciated too.. Thanks!