NOTE: This is orbis, so a few things are different (for example, the free bard comes at festivals as opposed to drama). The reason I'm posting it here is that the orbis thread isn't as active, and this is still applicable in base FfH, assuming the harpy event was changed to create unhappy faces as opposed to city revolt, which IIRC, Kael said he was going to do/END NOTE. The harpy event used to be what basically equated to a free culture bomb, and getting it early was pretty much a no brainer. However, that was when the event made the city revolt for 15 turns, a problem quickly and easily solved by creating a great work in the city. Now the event causes 5 unhappy faces in the city "temporarily". I find myself torn these days by an early harpy event. In my current game as the Calabim, small, Erebus, quick...the event happened on turn 19. I've researched animal husbandry (close pigs)->masonry (close marble i.e. production boost) and am now on calendar. I'm generating 14 gold per turn, and my research is at 100%. I have one city, Prespur, which is size 3 currently. I haven't used my world spell yet. Given the above circumstances, how many of you would take the free great bard? I hate to pass up a free GP under almost any circumstances, but I would likely put the bard to sleep, research festivals ASAP for the other bard (a strategy I often employ, as I said, free GP's are delightful), and then use one bard for free writing, and the other for the golden age. Is this a sound strategy, or should I just kill the b***h and be on my way? Any insights are welcome. Thanks for your time.