I am playing Venice for the first time and I seek your advice. I have dismissed their place as a civilization in the past (for many reasons, for one there's a city-state category nicely dedicated to them) but given their trade bonuses and all I have started a game as Enrico Dandolo. 1. What are the Social Policies I should pick? Picked Liberty and Aesthetics... Can Patronage, Commerce, Exploration help me? Should I pick Rationalism? 2. When should I run the specialist and where? (Guilds, market, workshop) 3. Which wonders would help me? 4. With who should I trade with? CSs? Other civs? I have reserved one caravan (out of 6, now I can have 8) to carry food. 5. When should I puppet other CSs? I had 2 MoV to date (at t150ish) from Optics and Collective Rule, one I used it to puppet, one I used to get influence from Religious CS. I have the religion with the most followers right now... 6. Is there a thread on this forum discussing how to play Venice? Does watching Venice LPs from MadDjinn help me? 7. Which victory should I pursue? I'm thinking of Diplomatic with Treaty Organisation. 8. What do you think of Venice? Are they good?