Spoiler : Indeed, Pyramids make it worth it.s New cities are net positive very soon. But I would put 3 new cities only when you can have the border pop with Caste system to capture that seafood, plus they can run rep scientists without libraries. With one good food, they get size 3 in small time and also net in the extra health resources which are a problem on this map. This is not an iso game, it is not too often a good idea to go beyond 6 cities in Iso before Astro. Completely agree with @krikav. It is unlikely that in the game with Mansa Musa visible from T0 we will need to wait for a long time before contact and also it is difficult to have a competitive date on anything because you need to emphasize security over development for the first 100 turns on this map. I do feel that Cuir rushing the Monty is viable, I totally overdid my defense and with a bit sooner Alphabet and more GPP instead of Bowmen focus, it could have been possible because Monty is also not tech trading. I think many things work on this map as long as you can befriend Monty. If he does not get the Religion, though, I think it would be a nightmare ending when Monty gets the catapults. My personal preference is not losing the games even if that means that the finish date is slower. I prefer consistency. But you will see many Deity players here having totally different approaches and opinions and all doing fine, and @Fippy doing the best out of the active ones.