I decided to continue with exploring horsemen strategies with the Iroqois, Monarch, Large Pangea Map. Since the Iroqois are agricultural, I built a granary early to try and pump out settlers as quickly as possible. My first tech choice was wheel and I found horses about a dozen tiles away from capitol. Things became incoherent when I chose to research writing before horseback riding. It was a mistake, but I just rolled with it. During that seemingly endless period of getting back on track I did manage to expand nicely. Where as if I had been more focused, I probably would have been building an army of mounted warriors vs. expanding. In all those new cities, I built barracks, so by the time I had HB I was able to pump out a huge army of mounted warriors. I declared war and gained about 6 of the Maya's best cities and the Greeks had a similar fate before I saved the game at around 70 BC. I looked at the victory tab and now see that the English are my greatest rival with statistics that look very similar to mine, but my score is a lot higher then theirs. During all that conquest, I chose the Republic route rather than the Monarchy route. I'm not sure how that's going to work out, or whether I'll be able to leverage it. I think I would have been better off with monarchy. I figure my goal is clear. I need to continue my conquests by really taking it to the English. I'm thinking that even if a conquest victory were possible, the size of the map would dictate that it's not going to happen with Mounted Warriors. They'll soon have pikemen and my warriors will "break like waves on the rocks."