Just got around to this one. I'm playing Monarch-NH-NE. In my initial play, I did settle 1N of starting spot, but realized that long term I was going to struggle to know where to place other cities. So I did a reboot and SIP. I lost a warrior to lions or wolves because I didn't heal it. Also, my micro isn't as solid as it needs to be. I believe I have been improving, but I know that it could be better. Also aware of making mistakes on research. When I noticed (first mistake) that I was at 90%, I moved it to 0%. I intended only to do that for 1 turn. I forgot to turn it back to 100% the next turn (second mistake). Upside of that is that I had enough gold that I didn't need to go 0/100 for a few techs. Followed same tech path as @krikav to mathematics and then switched to alphabet to get some techs from those nearby. I'm strongly considering using HA to take out my closest neighbors. Am I too late for that? I know that I have more leeway on Monarch than higher levels, but prefer to learn to make better decisions so that I can actually play the higher levels.