It was a quick, duel, tiny islands game playing as Siam. I picked this game because it's the most actively submitted diety game in the Civ V Hall of Fame. I submitted my game, so it should be on the website soon but in the meantime, there are at least six people who have won this game as well and their save games are up. My score (~650) is worse than all six of these other player's games and my end date (1976AD) is only better than one of the six currently submitted games. So, it looks like others did much better than me and could give some insight as well. (I'm guessing some of the better games had marble and decent monasteries.) Anyway, I stuck with one city and did all the usual culture game actions like get Stonehenge, Oracle, get Freedom and Hermitage ASAP, always employ as many artists as possible, etc. I did manage to get all the major cultural wonders that I wanted. My resources near the capital were gems, cattle, sheep and two silvers. I took advantage this extra money by exploring the Patronage culture tree and spending as much money as possible on gifts to the cultural city-states. My opponent was Germany and by the time of my victory, they still hadn't built the U.N., Apollo Program or Manhattan Project (don't ask me why not). My hunch is that Germany was going for a domination victory but the AI was struggling with making a naval attack on a tiny islands map. Also, while my military was pathetic, between me and Germany were two city-states with quite impressive militaries. I think this scared off Germany from messing with me for long enough that I could survive to get to a cultural victory. (We were at peace for a very long time before the end.) P.S. I don't know if this helped me at all but any extra resources that I couldn't sell to Germany, I just gave to them as a gift. I hoped this would quench some of my opponent's desire to take my land. In later games (not on diety though), I've been using this strategy again to kiss the bottom of militarily scary opponents and I feel like it's been pretty successful... but that could all just be in my head.