Just randomed a fast game, immortal fractal usual settings. Edit: by quick I meant fast, it is normal speed Sometimes I play a random game, and it turns out to be abnormally challenging, usually when you end up boxed in with terrible land. Once I was boxed in at the end of a peninsula in a forested start with no commerce. Usually that means rushing, but the AI is Caesar and 20 tiles away. I always regret not saving that game, because it would be great to see how people handled that. So back to the game, it turned out to be an interesting isolated challenge/teaching map that I thought was worth sharing, because you don't have a lot of lucky resources or great land. So you're going to have to speed your way to astronomy through your own game management abilities. Randomed shaka, not that it's too important. The start A serviceable starting location. At the cost of giving easily scoutable information away (aka it's safe to read once you've scouted a reasonable amount): Spoiler : Isolation, lots of jungle, no great cities, only happiness is a calendar resource. Post your astronomy strategy. You could try for wonders. You could go aesthetics. You could go monarchy, or code of laws, or alphabet.