I'm actually quite astouned not to see a thread like this anywhere (if there is, I apologize). Which sponsors (Pan-Asian Cooperative, Polystralia etc.) did you try out, what settings (especially starting setups) did you use and how did you like the experience (compared to other sponsors and in general game flow terms) overall ? I personally really liked PAC (Pan-Asian Cooperative) as a sponsor with an "build all the things" approach (which is also quite flavorful, imho), I chose to start with extra production in each city, an extra worker and an Tectonic Scanner. I went down the Industry virtue tree first and it's actually really noticible how each new city can get their core buildings in only a few turns (without spending energy), how each worker can do a ton of improvements in no time and how wonders are easily squeezed in between your usual buildings and units. I loved it. I also really enjoyed going wide with the KP (Kavithan Protectorate), starting with Artists, Retrograde Thrusters, Machinery and going down the Prosperity tree. The KP are basically a balanced version of the Shoshone from CiV (who were grossly overpowered, imho, when I last played BNW a year ago) and their "land grabbing" ability really comes in handy. I also finished games with Polystralia, Franco-Iberia and the Slavic Federation, but was actually not as impressed by them as I expected. 2 additional trade routes are very powerful, yes, but if you go wide, they don't matter quite as much as they did for Venice in CiV and they also add to the already heavy micro-management load later in the game. Free techs are obviously amazing, but, playing at only Mercury level at that time, I didn't really find myself swinging the game too much in my favor that way, especially because the first free tech comes quite "late" and you only have limited control over when the free techs will arrive. Sure, you can and will plan ahead, but I still ended up feeling less impressed than I probably should have been. The Slavs were also rather bland, imho. Yes, you can plan to slingshot ahead when you really want to and yes, you get an actual incentive to use more satelites, which is a good idea anyway, but it just didn't really stand out to me, maybe it just didn't "click" (yet), which also happened to me for a lot of Civs in CiV. What are your experiences with different sponsors and starting setups ? I'd love to know (please refrain from bashing/praising Civ: BE as a whole, though, this thread is for talking about specific sponsors and your experiences with them).