After reading this thread and seeing bobby's playthrough video, I decided to try this out just to see how different my game would evolve and how all civilizations in the game would fare. It seemed like a very entertaining game, and it sure is! Not yet finished the game, but here's my report until now: Spoiler : I settled near the mountain in order to get Uluru. The early game was pretty good, with no major setbacks, obviously because of Uluru, but also because Japan provided me with a lot of workers . I managed to get a few CS allies and this helped my game. Japan was my main concern, but I was able to eventually cripple him, with him giving me his resources to end the war. After that, I played a peaceful game, concentrating on growth and building what wonders I can, while my neighbours fought between themselves. Carthage managed to take the Ottoman capital, while Samarkand delivered the eliminating blow to Suleiman. This was very helpful to me, because I took a lot of loans from him and was spared of the need to pay them. Meeting Polynesia early because of their UA turned out to be very beneficial to me, as we did a lot of trading and I took out many loans. I got greedy and sacrificed science in order to try to build wonders. Before the Renaissance, I managed Temple of Artemis, Hanging Gardens, Hagia Sophia, Petra, Oracle and Machu Picchu. Alhambra was available for enough time but I was too afraid to risk it but it turned out that there was enough time for it. It's one of the wonders that I never managed to build on Diety. The same story with Angkor Wat. My decisions in the Reinaissance were questionable to say the least, and I started to get sloppy. After building Sistince Chapel, Forbidden Palace and Taj Mahal, I failed Uffizi just as I took Aesthetics, then failed Globe Theatre at 1-turn, then failed Porcelain Tower. Around this time, Japan decided to attack me with Samurai and Pikemen, and I was hoping to repel him quickly, to continue my routine, but he managed to create some problems after stealing valuable land from my capital with 2 citadels. Now it's turn 184 and a World War is raging - everybody is fighting with everybody. No prizes received for guessing who sponsored the start of it Thankfully, I have 13 CS allies secured, and Voluntary Army is coming soon, plus I have strong chances to build Brandenburg Gate in order to get some strong Battleships later. I have a diplomatic victory in mind, with cultural just as likely since World Fair and Historical Landmarks are now proposed and Cultural Heritage is already passed.