@sampsa & @lymond Spoiler What did your worker do, ~T18? : Since you both started with BW. Worker was done a turn early, and I placed him in a forest to be ready for chops. When copper popped I reasoned that it would be more efficient to simply stay and finish the chop, since pop2 was still enough turns away as the city doesn't grow th turn the settler catches the chop. But what did you do after the first chop? I went straight to mine the copper. As my city stayed at pop2 for a long time afterwards, the best alternative w/o unimproved copper would be the unimproved cow (2F1H1C), so mining the copper gives a long term bonus of 3H/turn -1C when building settlers/workers. Did you opt to continue chopping until the first settler was done, before you mined the copper?