Played to 425bc. Spoiler Progress : Played peacefully toward GLH. Island hopped for the copper. AH/fishing/Mining/BW/sailing/masonry/writing. Then headed towards maths/construction. Wheel pottery as filler techs once 2 turns. Built GLH 1320bc. Used 1-2 maths chops. Pre chopped all the forest for army. Expanded to 4 cities. Whipped/chopped axe/pult and spear army with 1-2 GW. Headed towards Shaka. Took first city with no loses albeit he attacked with a stack on captured city turn later. Lost 2 axe and a warrior from his attack. Killed his mini stack turn later with no losses. Lost 3 pults on his capital. Killd a chariot and HA in open play. Took a ceasefire. He has 4 cities left. They all look horrible. Albeit the marble could be useful. Maybe HA attack early on could of been faster. Seems crazy to lose GLH here. Attacking French next seems the best move here. His land can't be any worse than Shaka's. Shaka will build up his forces again but that is for another day. He should have no horse now. Could try for Marble city Up to 125bc Spoiler 125bc : Took a while but I built a further 3 galleys. Built 2-3 more pults. Eventually landed 12 units near French capital. 2 defenders. Bombarded fully in 1 turn and attacked. Lost 2 units. Gained 4-5 plantations. Biggest threat at present is Russians. In war mode and I am probably only target. She has 11 cities. All mine are size 4 and below. Tech wise. I have COL, Monarchy, currency, Alphabet, Calendar and IW. Albeit I got some of these when I traded for alphabet earlier on. Alphabet/IW traded for currency and maths. Also have all basic religious techs to mono. Traded for griculture too. 4-10 turns off CS. Just noticed 3 of the Ai fav civic here is HR. Spoiler update 325ad : Should of seen this coming. French bribe Shaka into their losing war. Looks like Shaka still has no real stack and I am quickly forming a secondary stack for his 2-3 units should they come. Hopefully take out his marble capital. French 2nd city Orleans fell with only 1 pult loss. Had 5 defenders and 2 galleys. Academy always nice to capture. Just captured Lyon and Goth French still have 3 cities left. I Has 2 food resources in outer ring. Rest of his cities appear to be on islands. Took Shaka's marble and iron city too. Should solve a few problems if Shaka has no metal. Took HBR and some gold for peace. I can see 2 more French cities on this mini continent. Problem is I am suffering huge upkeep costs due to continents. 12-15 per city a turn. Used my great merchant for a mission on Russia. Powered through aesth/lit and music. Will consider a golden age at some point. With marble the GLib looks good here. 13 cities overall now. 242 science at 100% science. So so.