Some games, I say I'm going to practice my SE. Here's some problems/advantages I found. SE can be very restricted without civil service. Situation: you want to run SE on grasslands. You have no rivers. Not happening. Similar problems when you're settled near the end of a river or a lake. So if you can grow large like mehmed, reconsider a pure SE. BTS: you can lightbulb alphabet. Considering that was oracle worthy, that's awesome. Warlords: you can lightbulb mathematics for an old fashioned CS slingshot. Only recommended if you have something like a gold resource or are on lower difficulty levels or are philosophical. Pyramids is huge, but forget about a strong axe rush. And don't think you're going to steal it if there are a lot of AI. And if you're going pure SE, you can skip democracy/printing press and go for biology.