I am almost done my first game as Portugal. I scaled back to Emperor level to learn the game. It's a large islands map, standard speed. Here are some observations: It's 1962 and I am still not done. I'm close to researching the Internet and I have 4 out of 7 Civs that are influenced by me. I can't remember the last time I ended a civ game this late. One of the things I did wrong is neglected my science. This made it that I plowed through the tech tree slowly. Under the old culture game mechanic, you could spot researching a lot sooner. Now, tourism takes off a lot later in the tech tree. What I should have done is reserved one of my cargo ships as a food cargo shop and grow my capital quicker and sooner (although it is currently 1962 and my cap is at 32 pop). The last three Civs I need to influence are Egypt (whored wonders) Russia and Venice. The tough part is that we don't share ideologies and religion (to boost Tourism with these Civs). I just recently used the World Congress to switch to Freedom. I should have done this sooner but I was afraid to anger the other Civs. Plus, just because the world ideology is Freedom, it doesn't mean they will automatically switch. Same with religion. The theming bonus I found are difficult to achieve. Is there a strategy to get the proper artifacts/works of art? Don't neglect military. I have not been DOWed yet. If anybody can provide additional tips, that would be great.