Thanks for that grid donsig, handy. In a similar vein to damnrunner I think we should focus on growth and commerce (ie bulbs) for our capital. I'm fine with REX if it brings us a broader mix of resources. The availability of Silver, Gold or Gems early would be an incredible boon and compensate for the lack of an early religion, as would Wine to a lesser extent. Ivory would be great but I doubt we'll have any given our proximity to tundra, furs on the other hand are much more likely (as might whale although that won't help us early). I don't mind over-extending slightly to get these resources. Regarding early wonder, the only one I'm particularly keen on is the Pyramids because we'll be wanting to run a fair few specialist and the happiness bonus will also help us significantly. In terms of early teching - I would aim on getting Pottery ASAP as we want cottages on those river tiles to start making use of financial trait and planting the seeds for long-term commerce growth. It also means we can get granaries to help us get more use of whipping. Regarding building up a tech-monster capital, I agree with damnrunner that an early Academy will be worth setting aside some early scientists for. Other than that though I would prefer to avoid running specialists in our capital. I wouldn't bother with espionage and just run tech as high as we can always. We should focus our capital on commerce with a view to bureacracy and Oxford. We will likely to be the first to get Oxford given our half-price Universities. So I would plan our tech line against that. Such a tech path also gears up to be the first to Confucianism or Taoism. If we don't have any non-calendar happiness resources nearby and no stone for the Pyramids, we may need to re-assess trying to get an early religion as without it our cities won't be able to grow far and we'll get problems with 'we cannot forget your cruel oppression.