I want to use my difficulty level in a thread title. This time I play on King, and I had to use Queen just to let you know, what I mean with that. So, here is my game settings. Pretty much everything standard. I picked archipelago map, as I want to use Elizabeth to finish over 300 enemy ships. And sea map is just good for that purpose. My start location seems to be a decent one. Two silvers and marble. That's a extra luxury for a trade just from the start. Also fishes, which are good with money (+3) and after lighthouse the food output is also nice (+4). First of, I started to build worker, hence I am on an island. Why would I need extra warrior or scout. Also I started to tech straight to Optics, to be able to expand fast, as my start island is a funny small. On the picture, there is all the land. So you can see it looks like a torch, which is twisted at the bottom. So now its 25th turn. Looks like AI have some bonus happiness or they just managed to get a luxury resource. Also I achieved my first policy. I picked Honor as my plan is to kill over 300 ships. My plan is to have technological over my enemies at least in naval units. Then finish a domination or technology win. By the time I can embark my units, I traveled with my warrior to another island as there was a barbarian encampment and 3 barbarian units. I found a strange thing, I can call it as a bug. I attacked with mine warrior their as he was in city-states territory and I got a 5 points towards the city-state. Problem is, that after turn, I got a trespassing penalty and my points were gone. I think, I just found a new spot, don't just know the exact spot yet, for my next city. I also met Oda of Japan. He was friendly. Well, we just met, it would be strange if he would be angry by this time. I traded him my extra silver for 100gold, 5gold / turn and he even gave me some horses (they are not worth for me, but why I wouldn't take them). I got my warrior to explore the island I thought it would be my next place to settle. He got a ruins and a nice upgrade. As I searched through the island I found other ruins and the same benefit, so I got a pikeman. There was a another ruins nearby so I headed towards them, this time over water. After second move in water, I got message, that the unit was destroyed. Damn! So here is the map I have explored so far. I traveled to the south with trireme you can see on the image and I met a "Iroquois". Oh, I will call them further Indians. Now I know the true reason, that Americans whipped them. They have 2 gems on Island, also wine, which is a real luxury in this game, at least for me. Here is my another settlement at the cotton island. You can even see a settler unit, which created the city. The first thing I did was to buy that ewe (dictionary says ewe, I would type sheeps), to block the city-state spread. I also explored world to the west and met Darius. He really get my admiration and sympathy. Also, I gave a 500Gold to a friendly cultural city-state. By now I unlocked another two policies. The first column in Honor. Warrior code, which I thought, that's completely useless, as a great general appears outside my capital. I understood that, the future GGs will spawn somewhere else, but it showed my that I am wrond as I found a GG outside my capital :-D . Also Military tradition, which is doubling gained experience. And finally, my happiness was enough to start a golden age, my first one this game.