I'm trying my first Immortal game, oh, oh... Started with Pangaea map, standard size and speed and random civ/leader and got Roman Empire/Augustus Caesar (IND/IMP traits). Rome starts with Fishing and Mining. I have researched Agriculture (to get at least a 4 food tile for my capital, see screenshot), then Bronze Working. I don't have a long-term plan for the game yet but wanted to ask for a bit of advice for the very next steps and short-term strategy. My plan is to take out Sitting Bull. Looking at the map I guess that I don't have any other choice. He is my only neighbour and blocking access to the main part of the continent. The question is what is the way to go? I have no real grasp for the right timing. Regarding research my ideas are: - Either research Animal Husbandry (as the more solid approach) to improve the Cow tile in the capital. I'm also considering the tile 1W of the central Cow for my second city. Then AH would be valuable as well. On the other hand the improved Cow tiles are only 3-food tile. I could achieve the same by farming a riverside grassland. And for the hammers I have the gold mines. - Or research Iron Working to reveal Iron and get Praetorians soon. Normally I would never go Iron Working at this point but I'm wondering if Rome is an exception due to their UU. I think I can afford to delay Pottery a bit because I have the 2 gold mines for early commerce. Now, as you can see on the map, I have Copper in my capital's BFC. Does it make sense to already start to build Axes and use them as a kind of first attacking wave until I have Praetorians? Or is that a waste of hammers (and especially forests)? (Of course I could still have the bad luck of no close Iron, then... I don't know...) I'm mainly unsure how fast I need to build a Praetorian army before Sitting Bull has grown too big. Also can I afford to wait until I have Math for better chopping yield? Or do I have to chop my forests without Math to build an army quickly enough? How would you play the next steps? EDIT: I've attached a save from the current turn where I am and an initial save if someone wants to experiment.