Hmm, tough game. But a nice challenge @AcaMetis Spoiler : First run I actually managed to not get in war with Monty, just gave him everything he wanted, took his religion, gave him resources techs etc. After managing Lib (I'm playing monarch), I started teching towards cuirassiers and managed to build a good army so he doesn't get any ideas. But I didn't feel like I could take him so continued teching. But that was a mistake, because since he was hating on all the other AI's I couldn't realy have good relations with them without him being mad, so got behind on tech and eventually he did back stab me, his only friend I am trying to think how to go for an early rush but the iron is kind of far, and would really be a cheat with just throwing a settler that way, its not something anyone would every do that early in the game, not with all the good land to the north. Maybe early horse archers?