Alright i have to say i am not the best player and find Monarchy difficulty level still pretty challenging so i decided to play a game and see where my pitfalls lie with you guys hopefully pointing out my mistakes. Normal speed Random leaders including me Continents Standart size All victories enabled other than Time victory All conditions on default so Tech trading is on and barbs are on too Here is the starting position. So then i got Catherine (the sexy minx) who i sometimes enjoy playing as. Financial bonus is of course excellent and Creative isn't too shabby either. So the starting spot seems to be pretty good. Gold, silk, rice all within the fat square, i would love to have that fish but then it would mean losing Rice and not getting the river bonus so thats off then. I will settle right on the spot then i think. Tomorrow i will start playing this game and write everything here, for now anything you wanna add then do so please.