I started a fractal NHNE deity game with Gandhi, and I ended up in semi isolation with Charlemagne. He was stacking hard on my border in the early game so I was putting a decent amount of whips into axes and spears, but I managed to get a beg in after some autospread and he seemed to change his mind. Couldn't really gift him a city as my land was already so limited. I grabbed optics @ 150AD, then grabbed 425AD astro(useless Charly doesn't tech alpha -.-). I met Monty, Hannibal, and SB on another continent, and all three were fighting each other. In terms of strategic resources, I have copper and horse but no iron. I did find Iron on two different islands nearby, and my next move will be settling those. Spoiler My Land : Spoiler Islands : The triple food island seems like a no brainer. For the Iron I'm inclined to head towards the sheep and ignore the barb islands. I don't want to go overboard expanding when I'll be warring soon enough, so I'm thinking I should only settle 2-3 islands. and finally the tech situation: Spoiler : Now depending on what the two unknown civs are up to(probably not much), I can likely still grab Lib if I want it. Libbing steel or in a dream world rifling could be nice, but I think I'll only be able to get one bulb for education(not in caste and just changed to HR). Maybe if I go Philo after paper and start a GA with the next guy I can get two more, but not sure how the timing will work on that. Really the main thing I'm unsure of is who to attack, and what units to do it with. My first thought is Charly, but I don't know if it's a wise decision. He'll never declare or get bribed on me, he's a bit of a unit spammer, and if I know his tech path like I think I do, he'll very shortly go guilds-gunpowder->MT and upgrade his HA hoarde. Cuirassiers likely won't work(100% culture cities with PRO LB's ). Rifles + Cannons could get the job done, but that's a lot of tech and who knows if Monty reaches astro and declares on me before I'm ready. So then the other option is taking out one of the other continents. SB looks like an easy target and no one likes him, but if I do that I'll almost certainly have to continue into Monty who's sure to have a staggeringly large army. Cuir might do the job against SB, but I doubt they'll be enough to continue against Monty with. Knowing that Charly will head towards MT, maybe there's some play to be made where I tech towards rifling and trade for MT, then conquer the other continent with Cav. Any suggestions, tips? The save is attached incase anyone wants to poke around. edit: and yeah, I know Agra should be working the cottage ^^ fixed that after the screenshots.