I'll start with a little background. I have been a huge fan of Civ games since Civ II, but I learned most of my lessons from Alpha Centauri, over 8 years ago. I was a micro-manager extraordinaire back then, and had every little formula and minor detail worked out so that I knew exactly what to do and when. I also was playing 6+ hours per day, and I don't have that luxury anymore. Starting Civ III, everything has changed for me. I can't remember any of the lessons I learned from SMAC anymore, and I'm not sure they would apply all that well anyway. I have read tons of strategy articles here, including some of Vel's guide, but I'm still overwhelmed from the start of the game. Every time I start a game, I plop a few cities down, bust out a bunch of workers to work the tiles, offensive units to explore and harass other civs, and then I quickly lose focus with so much going on. I know that worker automation isn't the best thing, but does it work reasonably well? Next, I'm never sure exactly when I should be building a granary or when I should just try to get settlers out in a way that my growth to size 3 coincides with the settler being produced. What about other buildings? Should I be building a barracks before producing any military units, or is it better to get a few out and let them rank up through battle so that I have defense? When should I start building wonders? At what size on Regent is the first citizen unhappy? Sorry for asking so many questions, but I'm a control freak and I feel a bit out of control of my empire.