I did the AGR first test in the original test game, so the extra beakers have to be due to meeting more leaders. That you only met Saladin does not surprise me. Even though I generated a pangea the map it might also be called a snaky continent. This makes Saladin the "gateway" to the rest of the map. I figured as we explore and meet people in the real game I could adjust this map. Otherwise if you want I could change the map. Looks like we build the WB, worker and GW in the same way. When I start the worker I change 1 forested hill to pig and next turn I work fish and pig until worker built. Pigs and fish till pop 5 then only fish. Neil, I did a test game with new file and had about the same beakers in writing as you did I finished GW in 2080 (no starving) with 113 beakers in writing. At 2120bc I have 97 beakers in writing.