Ok, here's the deal guys, since joining the forum i have quickly gone from Warlord to Monarch, and since starting the HUI series have now moved up to Emperor, i started this series of games to help me improve as well as to provide a learning platform for others. I will probably be playing shorter turn sets than maybe the ALC's for example as i would want more advice, specially in the early game. Writing up the updates and posting the pictures etc might also make it a bit more interesting to keep playing the game. You can find links to all HUI series games here Please follow the same protocol as the ALC series, in terms of shadowing etc. Everyone is invited to offer opinions and advice, and to make your own attempt at playing the same game. But if you do play a "shadow game", I kindly request that you refrain from posting spoilers--i.e. any facts or even hints about the map, opponents, and so on--before I'm there myself. I'm trying to play the game as authentically as possible. Without further a due on to game, Round 1 - "Getting our Bearings" - 4000BC to 2680BC Round 2 - "Expansion of the Ottoman empire" - 2680BC to 1 AD Round 3 - "The Race to Lib" - 1 AD to 1170 AD Round 4 - "Cannons Rock" - 1170 AD to 1804 AD Our game settings for the 3rd game of the series - Spoiler : Standard / Fractal map, Game speed back to Normal as Epic i think was a bit too slow for me and another reason for me to kind of get bogged down in the Boudica game. And on to our Glorius leader Suleiman of the Ottomans ... Spoiler : He's Philosophical & Imperialistic, a nice combination of traits . A pretty solid leader i would say and our starting techs are Agriculture & The wheel - I'll take that A quick peak at the UU & the UB, Spoiler : Well that definitely looks good, with my new found love for Muskets i should have some fun if we can last that long lately it's been a lot Muskets + Cannons for me ... And the UB looks pretty decent too, some extra happy to go with the usual health that comes from the generic buiding. Finally on to the starting location Spoiler : Well? Whats the verdict then? I'm thinking settle 1 SW where the warrior is standing and tech path AH > Mining > BW ... BTW - I have already moved the warrior. Save of the start attached.