After reading the fastest science victory thread I wondered if there were any competition for the fastest culture victories, since it's the type closest to my heart. I found @vadalaz and @fimbul 's saves in the HoF and did some archeology. While I have no delusions about coming for anyones records I'd like to try the playstyle out, but on my first attempt I didn't handpick my opponents and got murdered. Also, even after trying it out I'm unsure of what the best approach is to the first 30 turns or so and I couldn't find a thread on the subject. As for the hall of famers both went with the same religion: OWN/IR(100 gold on conversion)/monasteries/mosques/SS The only clear difference I could find (apart from the NWs) were 1 vs. 2 total monuments. It seems the expo build order was something like: shrine, units, temple if decent production or maybe just buy them, units... possibly settlers in the big expos. My guess is you should aim to buy a few settlers, but I frequently see HoFer reports mention buying workers and scouts and there is of course enormous economic potential in these units as well. Still, with the 500g from NWs surely a settler is always best, or? Also while the expo build orders seem to make sense I struggle with what to do with the capital. I'm guessing that a few scouts to find the NWs and steal a few workers is as in a normal game the best investment, but then what? I suppose you don't need a super-early monument since you can probably delay opening piety until you start planting expos, most of your early faith is gonna come from NWs so maybe delay shrine. Of course, delaying the monument for too long will slightly delay reformation and MoH, which is probably bad. Any ideas for a good capital BO? Also, settling a faith producing wonder quickly gives pantheon, meaning that your second NW expo does not immideately get OWN. Should you perhaps aim to delay pantheon until the second expo is settled?