Sampsa would say you should really only run scientists in golden ages.
Let me try to sort this out with logic. Specialists produce great people. Great people produce golden ages. If you don't run specialists, do you wait for the Taj Mahal golden age to run your first specialist? Without running specialist, you are going to have very few golden ages (unless you are a wonder whore).
Better to grab huge swathes of land. Running scientists in capital was not great as you wanted to grow this.I made my previous comments just before going to bed so didn't look at research.
Tolosa should be running the corn.
Why would I want to grow unhappy citizens? I just acquired monarchy and my first two cities are at their pre-monarchy happiness cap. For instance, Medina could grow to seven (5 default happy + 1 for ivory + 1 for temple). Most other cities had a five happiness cap. My recently captured cities had a three happiness cap, or even two if they did not have a trade connection to my one luxury resource. The scientist helped me to not grow past the capital's seven happy. Great scientists produced by science specialists are useful too. Early libraries running scientists are great for speeding up technology.
Now that I just switched to Monarchy, I can grow a little bit. I'll switch my scientist to working cottages this turn.
If you plan to build Hanging gardens you need to chop it asap. Fail gold might be better given how weak your economy is.
The Hanging Gardens, whether fail gold or built, will be fine either way. I have stone, so I'll build any stone-based wonder for fail gold. My cities are small, so It'll help if I actually build it.
You are losing a lot of city sites around your capital which is a shame.
How am I losing city sites? I appreciate that Wang is building my future cities for me. I wish he would place them better though.
You have a stack of HA doing nothing now. You can build phants and pults. A few captured cities will help your gold balance. There is a barb city you could of captured too.Use them or delete? They are costing you 12 gold a turn.
My horse archers aren't even fully healed yet from taking Bibracte, but I had better declare war soon. I will divide my horse archers into three or four groups to pillage his land of all ivory, copper, iron, and horses first. While my horses are doing, I'll build elephants and catapults. I may even be able to pick off some of the smaller cities. Then I'll bring my elephants in to take his cities.
Your capital and second city should really have a granary by 100ad. No wonder they are still size 5 and 7.
Much that could be improved here.
My city size was limited by having one religion, no monarchy, and only one luxury resource. It had nothing to do with not building a granary. I just acquired monarchy in trade with Gandhi for currency. Until now, it was all about bulbing mathematics and chopping horse archers.
Everything is an opportunity cost. I am more likely to be two horse archers short of taking Bibracte than two granaries short. Now that I have monarchy, granaries will be needed. I could have probably microed slavery and chopping more effectively at some point so I would have just as many horse archers and built granaries, so point taken.
At this point I have to decide between calendar and CoL. I'm not sure which is most important. CoL will help me get a great merchant by running caste. Calendar will help me grow cities larger.