OK, figured it out. Looks like luddite does indeed have the deluxe edition; I'm attaching a new savefile with Gyathaar's conversion fix to this post. Worked perfectly after applying that. Someone at Firaxis has inherited a giant amount of bad karma from this whole situation, not allowing compatibility between normal and special edition savefiles. (Can these people even play Multiplayer games together? Sloppy, very sloppy.) Yes, that's indeed Siam down there in the far south. I checked with their leader, and in fact we are already selling Ram-whatever our Open Borders for 50 gold! Nice work there. No one else seems to have Writing tech yet, but keep an eye on that diplo screen to fleece them for their gold too. For our own tech, it seems like we want Pottery/Calendar soonish so that we can start selling our wines around for megabucks. We'll also want Trapping somewhere in there for our deer and to get started on some trading posts, and that should be plenty for the immediate future. (Probably Writing, Construction, and Iron Working in some combination after that.) Here's the major question: how do we want to spend our 500 gold? We can either ally with a city state, or we can save the money to immediately rush-buy a horseman once our own supply is hooked up. (Building 2 horsies and rushing the third.) Personally, I'd dump our gold into allying with Helsinki, the maritime state right next to us. And I'd do it immediately, for the following reasons: - We could really use the food. Both Istanbul and My Little Pony are production heavy, food poor. Get the food coming in, and we can work those hills and add trading posts, getting the snowball rolling. - We'll get incense from Helsinki for more happiness, once they hook up the resource. - We'll also get horses from Helsinki. In fact, if we want to be bold, we could even sell our 4 horses for cash and then build horsemen off of Helsinki's horses. That would be risky, of course, but we *COULD* do it. - Money is easy to come by in this game. By the time we're ready to go to war, we should be flush with cash and can probably buy a third horseman due to wine sales. I say we put the money to good use immediately, and start pulling in the benefits. Of course we'll need to dump in another 250g to maintain allied status in 15 turns, but we should be able to manage that with Open Borders and resource sales. What do you guys think? Let's plan on going to war with Japan sometime around Turn 60-70. As long as we have 2-3 horsemen, we should be able to kill the initial wave of warriors without too much trouble. EDIT: Also looked again at the map, and noticed that Japan is building the Pyramids in Kyoto. Perfect. Let's hope he completes it, and then we can take it away from him for some sweet fast workers.