Reached checkpoint one 2850 BC. Monarch/Epic. Spoiler : I've taken on this challenge at Monarch level. I like to playu with raging barbs and aggressive AI, so I checked these options. The game speeed is Epic. I settled in place, and sent the sout northwest. There he found a hut and the vilagers taught me the wheel. A useful worker tech, and prerequisite for immortals and pottery. I started my research for animal husbandry (followed by mining and bronze working). I have a sheep to pasture, and like to learn about the presence of any horses. My initial build was a worker (followed by 2 warriors and a settler). Animal husbandry revealed horses in persepolis. I had a pleasant event when I received 11 beakers towards mining. The worker improved the deer, sheep, and horses. When Persepolis reached size 4, I started production of a settler. I will be whipped for two pop before it passes 80/149. I scouted the island, and finished my dotmap. I'm planning to move the palace more central, next to a river, and run bureaucracy. The current capitol and a city in the southwest (with 2 seafoods) will be my great person farms. In the south, with the two gems will probably be Oxford (or else in the capitol). To the east there will be a good production city. I have stone, so I dare building Moai statues on the ice island (hoping for some seafood there). Later on I will fill my island with the mediocre locations. I will try to build the great lighthouse in the capitol, and collect two great merchants, to lightbulb machinery and maybe guilds. The rest will be scientists for Oxford city.