Comparing the games here.... Spoiler T-60 : I like how Sampsa settled the empire, with the early double gem. Gems as #2 seems too strong to pass up, especially with shared corn. Ankara 1S of rice makes a ton of sense as a cottage helper / forest chop / okay food site. Sampsa - are you planning on going Math -> Construction -> HBR, and doing elepults, or are you planning on going earlier with Catapults & Archers, or hoping to trade for metals / metal techs? What'll you do if the Romans DOW before you get construction? Antium makes sense as a first target because it's flat and makes it easy to cripple the copper. Spoiler T-100 : @Pangaea - your army is way bigger than mine. I couldn't get peace as early as you did, because I lost a [poorly] settled city early on, and he got Iron connected, and the Praets are much tougher to beat up than the Axes. Really shows me how war success can snow-ball. I also killed 7 Praets, and I only have 2 active archers.