This will be my first attempt to create a cohesive thread with screen-shots of my game. Its still vanilla (buying BTS on Friday), so remember, Gandhi is Spi/Ind. I am planning to play a WE/CE/SE hybrid, I like wonders, and I like specialists, but I dont think I can win on this level without cottages . . . yet. Heres the start. It should be noted that I did scout around a bit before actually "starting", but I am playing Marathon speed so I didnt bother teching to BW or AH to reveal copper or horses ahead of time. I just ensured I had adequate land to settle, and wasn't surrounded by the other civs. The game setings are: Vanilla Civ IV, Marathon speed , Standard size, Custom Continents = 3, 7 civs (including me), Monarch level. Here is my start: Not bad at all. Potential for a nice capitol here, with plenty of food, commerce and hammers. Here is the SS I have a question about. A very common conundrum. Which is the best spot to settle? Should I rely on my cultural borders to get the stone, and focus on the best food spot, or include the stone in my BFC? Note, this is only about 6 or 7 tiles down from my capitol (you can see the same forest edge in both pics). Also, should I wait to make this my 3rd city area, using my first settler to try and cut off the western front, since I seem to be alone on this eastern chunk of this continent? Other notables: My planned tech order is Hunting (for a scout and AH), AH, Ag, Priesthood, holding off on founding a religion til CoL, likely. My build priority is Warrior, Scout, Worker, Settler, Worker, and chop out a wonder, either Stonehenge, the Oracle or Pyramids, whatever seems to be my best shot (probably Oracle thne Pyramids, and using the Oracle to slingshot CoL). Feel free to comment on this as well. In hindsight, perhaps I should have tried Poly, Ag, AH, Priesthood, and had my worker mine the gold then start a farm until AH is done and I can get the cows. I tend to like a scout as early as possible with non-hunting leaders, for max hut-popping potential and fast land survey. I dont reload huts endlessly though, I like cash, a unit, or techs, although I do this with the hope of popping a tech or two. It seems to work on this level usually, but perhaps its a bad habit if my ultimate goal is climbing the difficulty ladder. Any comments will be very welcome.