350BC: Spoiler : Predictably, I've got off to a very lacklustre start. I opted to sit on the fence and settle in place, hoping that one day the strong food in the capital would let me catch up for what was clearly going to be a slow start. Worker first. Tech path was AH -> Wheel (start settler at pop 3) -> Fishing -> Mining -> BW. I got some scary news early: Spoiler : Yup, 2240BC WHEOOHRN. I was impressed. Looked like I was to be put out of my misery even sooner than anticipated. However, even more amazingly: Spoiler : The Viking stack walked right past me! Incredible! At this point I had teched Masonry for that stone and the 'mids. A very questionable strategy here, but no other particularly great plan presented itself. I could have Oracled HBR, but only Ragnar was close and his land didn't look very valuable considering the trouble I'd have to go to to wrest it from him. Furthermore, taking out Ragnar would only have brought me closer to Toku, so the returns on such a scheme did not look promising. I did get the 'mids in 975BC. We'll see how it plays out. While I had been minding my own business: Spoiler : I don't think I've ever seen a warmonger walk right past me at cautious to DoW a distant enemy. Here's my dismal little empire at 350BC : Spoiler : Pretty terrible, but I'm hoping to start growing my cities soon.