@yanner Spoiler : well you can't do anything with pottery before bw. In retrospect I think skipping AH until pottery+bw has some merit (or writing). with this high food start you will be very quick to high pops and will start limit the pop with workers/settlers, which ironically will very quickly slow down your tech rate. @abcd Spoiler : writing here is very good, but you need TW too. I got slowed down in early game probably the same way as you did after BW I now looked at bpt (7!!) and no TW/pottery/writing... oops! was very painful to dig out.