Hi everyone! I'm amateurgamer88. I'm still learning on immortal and my games are getting better (I think). My last game as Austria, as shown in my photojournal, is becoming interesting with all of my competition. As the title suggests, I am going to play as China. Do note that this is my second time playing this civ on VP so it should be interesting. I know I'm not a great player so I appreciate any advice as I want to learn more. I have many areas lacking so feel free to point them out to me. I like to improve more as I actually want to eventually play and win some deity matches. As a result, I'm doing these photojournals so people can see what I'm doing wrong and give me constructive criticism. An additional note is that, due to various reasons, I have to play this game windowed so, in later eras, you'll see the various things like gold, resources and etc overlapping. I also have to lower my graphic setting so my game can run smoother. I apologize for that but it's the limitations I work with. Spoiler Game Settings : Immortal (7) Difficulty Marathon Speed Standard Size, 8 civs, 20 city states Frontier (Pangaea) with Low Sea Levels Strategic Balance No events, vassalage, ancient ruins, tech brokering and tech trading No Carthage and Sweden (had them way too often) The Patch used in this game is 10-10. It should be with hotfix unless I messed this up terribly. I won't be setting any rules for this game but I will definitely go for Progress. Why not Tradition? I played OCC with China for my first game and you can see two screenshots of the game below. Spoiler OCC Attempt : The strategy is rather simple. I went Tradition, Artistry, Rationalism and Freedom. I wanted to maximize my Great People Generation so I can get as many Great Works as possible. I managed to get quite ahead with my technology and policies at this point. To put things into comparison, I have 61 techs and and the second most advanced civ has only 50 techs. For policies, I have 6 Tradition/6 Artistry/6 Rationalism/10 Freedom while the second most progressive only has 6 Progress/6 Artistry/6 Imperialism/2 Freedom. I also grabbed a lot of Wonders too. As you can see, I am going for CV and have to wait another 71 turns at the point where I took the screenshot. The wait is miserable for sure on Marathon. Spoiler Initial Thoughts on the Civilization : Mandate of Heaven: The bonuses for the early game can be massive as those food and WLTED help grow cities quite quickly. The extra culture gives you a huge boost early on and I find policies to be one of the hardest things to catch up on. I have no problem catching up to the tech leader but policies are nearly impossible unless I severely weaken the policy leader. Since the wording says gaining cities, I assume that settling and capturing cities both give the bonus. It's true that the bonus is less in later eras but, by then, you should have snowballed a fair bit already. Paper Maker: Compared to Library, the UB gives you culture and gold. I actually quite like this UB as it works very well with the UA where you get more gold from WLTED that provides you food to get more population resulting in even more gold. It feeds itself and becomes quite powerful for sure. I'd be shocked if I ever have gold problems but I am an amateur after all. Chu-Ko-Nu: A ranged unit with Logistics that keep its promotion upon upgrade? Need I say more? Spoiler Starting Location : Let's see the starting location. My initial thoughts are staying where I'm at. I have floodplains for food and Gold for production and gold. This seems like an amazing start for a Tradition game but we'll go Progress. After all, my settings in map will make that possible with a lot of land and only 8 civs total.