Never played an histographic game, so I will trust your experience on this. Nice, I didn't notice that. Yes, trade Mysticism. Try also to take all available cash in any trade, always (upgrades). Btw, the granary for the C city is for a Temple (I think we need it there), and then palace prebuild. You are right - usually, it's counterproductive. However, in my experience, especially on Sid, I found it very useful to focus the early worker actions to prepare the SF, and then to start roading to city-sites (and completing mostly roads afterwards with them). A crew of 3 works better for this. In our game however, I don't think we will have much land to settle outside of our little peninsula. Japan is expanding too fast. I am not even sure if it is a good idea to waste our resources (pop) for corrupt, far away cities (like near the jungle area), that will be difficult to defend. Maybe send a settler for the luxuries mostly.