Hey guys! As I always say, I find the Earth18 games fun in that you are building a civilization and fighting wars on a map that looks like Earth. This time I am asking for an opinion on Egypt. Of course, Egypt starts with some very good land and there are lots of options on how to play it. (Note: Failing the warrior rush strategy, the lack of metal resources means Egypt is going to be a builder's game.) Here is the opinion I am looking for: Does the land around Egypt favor a Specialist Economy or a Cottage Economy? There are lots of Flood Plains tiles and lots of unusable Desert tiles. These cities are going to have specialists whether the flood plains are farmed or cottaged. As a bonus, the Egyptian Unique Building allows for two priest specialists. On the other side, in the early game, Egypt is going to have health issues. The abundance of food counters the health, but it affects (what I see as) the basic equations affecting the Specialist Economy vs the Cottage Economy. I guess the correct way to look at it is to add up all the tiles and make a comparison.