#1: save your game at the start, and then you can explore as usual. If you get beat to a village or make a dumb mistake early on...you can start over with the benefit of hindsight! #2: I will make three warriors to start; the 1st for battling barbarians, the 2nd for exploring and finding barbarians (leave the fights to #1), and the 3rd to protect my capital. After exploring, bring everyone back and form a great army. #3: If you find a wonder, considering posting someone next instead of "capturing" it (or whatever the term may be). For example, the El Dorado wonder produces more gold later in the game, and the Arc of the Covenant is more productive if you have more than one or two cities. #4: When another civ demands a great person always say NO! Typically within a few turns you can diplomatically suggest peace and they will usually accept a technology rather than the great person (which cannot be replaced). #5: Playing at the chieftan level provides many insights! You can try new strategies, learn a civ's special characteristics, and better understand the tech tree (and the bonuses granted to the 1st to learn a tech!).