Everyone has their own strategies as to where to place their cities. Here's a few I like to use, with a pic of my current game to illustrate: - Resources, the more bonus squares you can have within city limits the better. Maximum you can find is 4. The top left city - Magna - has 3. - Capital city is in the "core" territory - surrounded by friendly cities and not exposed to enemies. - Surrounding cities built on Mountain squares. This makes them practically impossible to invade. The downside is slower growth and more surrounding land development required. - Build a city that splits you enemies' territory in half (Top right - Utiqa). Divide and conquer. - Don't build roads on coastlines unless necessary. Build roads deeper within your territory so enemies landing on your coast don't have easy movement.