Some constructive criticism: You need to get more aggressive with your blocking strat. From your first 11 turns it was looking like you had a smallish peninsula but you were already dreaming about a city due west of the capitol. Instead, when you find your geography limited you should be pushing your scouting toward the exit. Look at the higher level games posted around here and you will see just how far people stretch to block off land for themselves. Lots of complaining about barbs on higher levels, but partly due to second city being 100 miles away from the capitol for an effective block. In your second round, your 3rd city does no blocking at all. Mehmed may well have another city on the north coast before you do. A serious block would have aimed for the plains hill 3n1ne of Eridu: Creative would let you steal the marble from Ankara and put some real cultural pressure toward flipping. Better scouting of that coast would have told you if there was seafood available to that site. With no seafood, maybe just 3n of Eridu- Still a good block, but less chance of holding the marble.