I was thinking over interesting ways to try and play the game, and reminiscing over some older kind of cheap ways to play, and I started to wonder if anyone has actually tried to play the role of real estate broker? The concept is this, you devote a bit more of your personal resources to building/buying settlers, and place them in decent (though not necessarily ideal) locations. Then, you strike up a bargain with some of the more wealthy civs to see how much they would be willing to sink into them (and by extension, boost your economy). There are a couple of things I would note (and feel free to contribute to how this would be done in discussion). One, obviously you should try to focus on early exploration to figure out where you want to place these cities. Two, feel free to keep the best locations to yourself. Three, this will be more practical late game, when other civs have greater gpt, luxuries, etc to trade. If you do it early game, it should only be to make up for the resources lost exploring and settling (maybe a couple luxuries and/or low gpt). Four, if you really dislike a civ, feel free to be a poor broker, and sell them some crap cities. Five, this can be an offensive strategy too- if you are at war with someone, and capture a selection of cities that you might would rather raze, etc., sell them off instead, perhaps to the enemies of the civ you are fighting. If you have a Washington or Hiawatha ICS-ing, maybe pick a fight to get some cheap land to sell (possibly even right back to the ICS-ing civ you fought in the first place). Possible benefits: 1. Profit (Civs seem willing to pay a fair bit for cities, even relatively poor ones) 2. Fun (A different way to go in, boosts some aspects of economic play) 3. Vision (A better idea of your surroundings, possibly even leading to World Congress founding) 4. Strategy (If you place cities away from the buyers homeland, in conflict they will be harder to defend, and therefore easier to pick off, boosting your performance in the fight, and possibly leading to a better peace treaty) Thoughts?