Soundjata of the Loulou Empire,Other options ?
Cutthroat strategies tend to have the most successIt's all fun and games until you realize you are the violent neighbor.
You're right. Maybe things are less terrible than I expected . I should have better managed my workers in the early game .Less bad? It's a great thing for sure.
Do you mean settle the capital on the hill, or settle a border city on a hill as a "choke point" which lets AIs suicide their stacks?Wouldn't someone recommend settling on a hill and gathering a few archers there in case of a violent neighbour ?
This is probably the source of your economic pitfall, indeed. To your credit, it is very hard to focus simultenaously on the war effort and economic welfare. Hence why many players would rather use a recovery phase. Grow cities, improve tiles, use a great person, you'll be in good shape. Monarchy/Currency are huge steps, now giving you gold and happiness.I should have better managed my workers in the early game
I don't think it's dumb and I don't mind at all. There is no easy answer, though, no cheat, no trick, no "Deity only" exploit, just solid management. This is why I post those early pictures, to showcase openers.