First of all, thank you for all the responses. Now, on to the answers. First of all about rushing Cathy; I do not see that as an option. While she is reasonably close, it's my experience that aggressive AI, especially a creative (40%) or a protective leader because they can have up to 5-7 archers fortified in their capital and that just makes it pointless. And why am I getting hunting instead of agriculture? Because I do not see more than two (wheat to the east, corn to the south) resources I'd be farming any time soon while I will still be building spears because I know for a fact that one or more of the AGG Ai's is going to attempt to give me a whoopin' and they always pack chariots in their stacks. Furthermore, oleg1 is correct. As I see the map, it's not optimal for me (optimal as in counting how many spots I want to settle) to go for the copper/pigs/fish first as much as it is the best site around. Knowing how AI settles in circles always a certain distance from their capital it's more important to settle the oasis/stone spot towards Cathy first, then maybe the double oasis/wheat/cow/gold/marble (talk about resources) depending on how close Gandhi really is and then after those two spots are claimed, go for the copper/pigs/fish. Now, I'm not saying this is necessarily optimal but knowing a little bit about AI behaviour I'm inclined to believe that it would be best if I want my 7 cities to be settled peacefully. As for the game itself, I'm going to play the next round shortly, will update in a few hours.