While normally I'm perfectly content with a world conquest, doing the fastest possible SV seems to be a renowned challenge and so I thought to learn a little more about it. I'm going to play a slow game, only a little bit at a time, and then post and wait for a day or two before continuing so if anyone wants to make an input they can. The point of this is not so much to find the best play for each moment, but to highlight the general considerations behind decision making when pursuing SV, so any current and future readers can improve their skills in this aspect of the game. I'm posting it here because the primary goal is to discuss strategy but from the viewpoint of a complete game so it has a more holistic perspective and is more entertaining than if it were merely an abstract discussion. As such this seems to be the right place for it rather than the Let's play section. Since it would be good to make this as general as possible even thought it has to be a specific civ, I thought that picking a generic one would serve best. Going through the civs Georgia seems a good choice as they have no bias, they have no spectacular strengths and the only peculiarity is that religion and faith are more important than usual, but this seems relatively mild compared to most others. The game settings will be standard - no mods, deity, standard speed, standard map size with 8/12, disasters 2, and standard resources and starting position. For map I'd choose shuffle so that the early decisions have to account for that unknown factor of are we on a big landmass or not and what are the properties of the world, rather than it be clear that we are on a Pangaea therefore a military will certainly be needed, or on a small isolated island and therefore our initial warrior is sufficient. The plan was to reroll any start that is too good or too bad as the point is not to overcome a poor tundra start or to enjoy the advantage of a wonder or several super tiles, but to learn to play the hand we are dealt and most of the time that hand is average. The first rolled start seems to be just right thought. There are two luxuries but one requires irrigation and there is only one tile of 4 yield. The water situation is questionable but we have both fresh and coastal to choose from. This is a very northern start, there are only 5 rows above the top one we can see. If all of the above settings sound reasonable, I'll start this game and for now will just post my thoughts on the starting actions but without taking them. Also, I always play in strategic mode and find it easier to see what's going on, but most screenshots posted here are in 3d mode. Is it better that I post 3d as well? And what's the best practice for images - should they be in spoilers or sized down? Edit: I replaced the image with a 3d one here because the 3d allows peaking into the void and seeing a bit of the rivers and neighbouring tiles that strategy mode doesn't show.