OK, done. There's good news, and more good news... Spoiler : T 0, 1750 BC Emer: Cat switched to Gran IBT T 1, 1725 BC Worker finishes road near Lisbon, moved 1S towards Guim/Lagos IBT T 2, 1700 BC Southeastern island now mapped, so Curragh sent north to explore uncharted Oceans... Worker begins roading Grass to Guim Guim MM'd for more CPT (less SPT) to avoid riot at Pop3 IBT Dora demands 40g (10% of our Treasury)! Her units can't reach us overland, so I'm inclined to tell her to piss off -- but we also can't yet fight an amphibious landing, so I fold Russian Settler-pair heads north near Oporto! Lisbon --> Wealth (to get Settler-pump to run Pop5-7 for more CPT) T 3, 1675 BC New Settler will close the Lake-Hill choke Southeastern Curragh spots Sea to the east... IBT Bismarck complains about our Curragh Oporto --> Barracks (Iron will be online soon) Russians begin Pyramids! And Oracle! Byzzies begin Oracle! T 4, 1650 BC Curragh sails NE, spots Orange borders (Ottos?) Lisbon MM'd for Settler in 5T (=4T with IBT-shields) IBT T 5, 1625 BC Sagres built on our north coast --> Worker Curragh sent SE to seek safer crossing for the second Ozzie contacted: he's up Poly, but down Alph + IW: he pays 120 g (out of 124 g) for Alph! Poly still too expensive for my taste, though: Maths + IW + 490 g -- nearly all we have! -- is getting close, but leaves us no cash for deficit-research (Ozzie wants Writing + Maths + 120g, but I don't want to sell him Writing) With that windfall, I check current Embassy prices: Greece = 37g Germany = 85 g(!) Russia = 35 g Ottos = 79 g Byzzies = 63 g ...and set up in Co'ple, Athens, and Moscow (=135 g total) Second Currragh crosses to SE island GAME SAVED IBT Russian Settler heads south again Guim --> Archer (7T, Pop4 in 6T) Ottos begin ToA! Second Curragh sinks (dammit) Germans + Byzzies know HbR! T 6, 1600 BC MM Lisbon for Pop7 + Settler in 2T Slave sent to road north towards Sagres Workers near Guim roading S/W Worker moves to Forest near Emer IBT Russia DoWs Greece! EX-cellent! Greek Settler-pair heads towards Emer Lisbon --> Settler T 7, 1575 BC Settler sent towards Cow+Game Hill NNE of Oporto IBT Ottos have learned Maths Greeks + Russians running around T 8, 1550 BC Coimbra founded --> Warrior (10T, Pop2 in 10T) IBT Greeks + Russians running around T 9, 1525 BC Nothing new IBT Greeks + Russians running around T 10, 1500 BC Settler arrives on Hill Curragh sees red borders (Babs?) GAME SAVED Handover I planted 2 more towns on this set, and we are about to settle a third. I have been running Lisbon at Pop5-7 and LUX%=20%, which worked with minimal readjustment (just moving the new citizen from the Forest to the roaded Grass on growth). Possibly I could have extracted more CPT running it at Pop4-6 (with LUX%=10% at Pop4), but minimising complexity made it easier for me to keep track between interruptions. I would suggest that the next bunch of Settlers found according to this: ... though Town3 could be settled before Town2 if you prefer. Town? feels a little cramped, but is a fallback possibility if the (much better) Town4 site is not a practical option. With any luck it will be, though: the Greeks and Russians are now at war (perfect for us!), so Smolensk (still at Pop1 after >10T) may well be razed shortly. Although the Germans and Byzzies both have Iron hooked, neither Russia nor Greece do yet. So if we can get a road over to Novgorod quick enough (chop a Forest the other side of Lagos, then road the Grasslands), we may be able to draw out their fight -- and waste Alex's GA -- by selling Iron to Cathy. Doing this would also allow us to continue to build vWarriors for upgrading (after we get the Iron back), without having to disconnect it. We should have plenty of cash for upgrades (if we want it), because we are now only 3T from Philo, with no sign yet that anyone else is going for it. Tech-wise, we are still at parity with Russia + Greece, Germans + Byzzies are up HbR, and Ottos are up Poly, but down Writing. We are also about to meet the Babs(?), on the Ottos' continent. If Ozzie has already sold Poly to Hammi, that may make it affordable enough for trading to Dora, possibly even distracting her into building ToA for us (Athens is now about 2T from finishing the Pyramids, so the first cascade will happen soon) Save is attached.