Change nothing from previous turns...we'll never catch up in tech if we play catch up...only thing I think we can do is go for Astro and trade for all the other techs we missed.
Brennus asks us to convert to Organized Religion. I refuse because we don't have a religion. Brennus goes down to Cautious...oops, shoulda considered taking it and converting away later
Continue cottaging, explore Gandhi's culture covered area of our continent, move the Yayoi trireme into Gandhi's waters to scout.
Discover Kolhaper...very well defended. El Dorado Zerk>Worker. IronSheep Zerk>Worker. We need more workers to cottage/chop all our lands. Attempt to re-up our corn agreement with Hannibal, end up losing a net 3 gpt in the attempt
Great Prophet born in Bombay
Continue scouting Gandhi's coast. Worker actions continue. Nidaros Crossbow>Settler. We have at least 2 more city sites to settle, so I'm hoping to finish one during my turnset
Islam Shrine built in Bombay. Khan resettles where Samarqand was! I never even saw his troops...wonder how that happened.
Karachi scouted...worthless ice city. Courthouse rushed in New Sarai for 2 pop.
Trade Sugar to Hannibal for 5 gpt. New Sarai grows back to 5, Courthouse>Spear. Kill barb warrior attempting to pillage a town in Ning-hsia. Kill barb Sword trying to same thing at Phrygian.
Scouting trireme caught by Gandhi's caravels.
Settler is about to finish, but I don't know exactly where to send him anymore, now that my preferred site is blocked by Khan
Workers continuing to build infrastructure. Nidaros Settler>Caravel
Hannibal discovered Paper
Trade our WM to Brennus, Hannibal, Mehmed for a combined 160 gold. Brennus tells me to fear his musketmen...
That felt good...Uppsala Caravel>Caravel. Our new Caravel destroys Gandhi's lurking trireme. IronSheep Worker>Forge. Robert E Lee born in El Dorado-sala. Sleeping in El Dorado-sala for now. Settler goes to sleep in New Sarai until team discussion. Treaty with Khan ends, I demand and receive 1gpt in tribute. He refuses to give us his cash though.
Summary: I began a few caravels so we can explore with some and so we can use others to destroy some of Gandhi's naval power and scout his lands finally.
Cottaging is going apace, although we still need a couple more workers to hurry things up where we've got lots of jungle/forest to deal with.
Khan's city is messing up our possible plans for settling the rest of the continent. With our Zerks, we could possibly take him off out continent now if desired. At the least, we could easily take his new city, and 4!! workers at the same time, giving us the position to settle where I feel we should again. I'm marking that spot with a sign for team discussion...declaring again would also allow our trireme to explore Gandhi's western edge.
Astro is done in 11 turns...if needed try to sell our WM again when we start running low on cash. If we can continue this pace, or close to it, we should get Astro first, giving us a big trade boost(once our caravels are patrolling the seas and find some foreign ports, and giving us the ability to trade it with everyone...getting Gandhi the tech most likely, and catching us up quite a bit.
I still think we should settle at least 1 other position, such as the spot with gold between New Sarai and Ning-hsia. We should also build a few settlers for standby, that can go out on galleons to any uninhabited continent we can find to prepare for our migration.
We are currently 2nd to last in Population, GNP, Crop Yield, and Military, with only Khan being behind us in every one of those categories. On the plus side, we are #1 in land area and #4 in production...I figure that means we just need to develop the land we've got really well and we'll have a really good production and commerce base to hand Gandhi.
Side notes: I no longer know what any other teams are doing because I missed too much time to progressively analyze them...also, I'm gonna start working on our spoiler this weekend(I hope). That also got delayed by my computer issues.