Ok so after winning a couple of games at noble and prince relatively easily, and getting into a winning position a few times before getting bored, I've decided to step up and play my first game at Monarch, and post my first shadow game to hopefully pick up some tips about playing at this level from this fantastic community. So without further ado, this is the leader the random select brought up. Hmmm, FDR is not a leader who I have much experience with. He's industrious and organized. Industrious is useful for building wonders, which is not something I usually prioritize. Organized keeps costs down and gives us cheaper factories, courthouses, and lighthouses, which are pretty useful buildings in most cities. America starts with agriculture and fishing. The UU and UB will probably both come in too late to have much impact on the game, which I don't mind too much, as I sometimes feel under pressure to make the most of an early UU rather than concentrate on setting my empire up. The start: Pretty nice start for Roosevelt with the stone in the north, I'm tempted to move 1N, giving up the riverside city in favour of getting that stone hooked up and going for some early wonders, depends what the warrior turns up with his first move. 2 food resources are always nice, and there looks to be a fair amount of river nearby, so I'm pretty happy with this start. Finally, here are the options: Using the BAT mod. I will be interested to see what the consensus on this start is.