Quick and dirty advice: Build between 1 and 1.5 workers per city Settle each city with a food resource in the first ring of tiles around the city square Beeline Bronze Working, revolt to slavery. Whenever you have citizens working unimproved tiles, use them to rush improvements. Chop your forests for granaries, workers, settlers. Build granaries in every city, forges in almost every city. Build libraries in your capital and in 1-2 other high commerce cities. Build barracks in 1-2 of your high production cities that will build units. Don't build other improvements anywhere except in your capital (and not even there, in most cases).