There is an ongoing thread about Normal Age being considered as the worst and Fanatics are discussing whether the Dark Age Policies or Golden Age Bonuses are better to encourage aiming to either of these. However, intentionally arriving at a particular type of Age in the next Era seems quite difficult. For example, to hit a Classical Dark Age, one should avoid Era Score, which automatically accrues pretty quickly with a normal strategy doing early scouting and building strong districts, etc. On the other hand, hitting a Golden Age solely by bumping up a couple of extra Era Scores by purchasing GPs doesnt feel reasonable. How should one control the amount of Era Scores accrued? Have there discoveries on great strategies to, e.g., limit Era Score without too much hindering early expansion and other important actions, and then hit a Classical Dark Age?