860 AD : Spoiler : Once is not usual, I build wealth (!) to speed up my way to Feudalism (after Forges and Courthouses and Ikhandas are done, mind you) : Spoiler : China approaches, bombards for a turn. I offer a sacrificial worker as a tribute to the mighty Mao but he doesn't capture it ! Instead, he bombards and sits for the turn. Feudalism comes in, I realize the archers I have queued are not upgraded to longbows... Squeek ! What can I do, now ? So many catapults... Feudalism came in one turn too late, sadly. I guess I'll resign now before I suffer a horrible death. "The horror, the horror..." Are you talking to me, Marlon ? Do you think this is Apocalypse Now or what ? Well, what can I say ? I already provided Soundjata (woodsman 3 axeman) with a screen of moral victory. Surely that is enough. *Sigh* Oh, wait ! Or maybe, just maybe, those Horse Archers would be best used on offence, uh ? Maybe you should have brought another War Elephant, Mao, eh ? I bet you hadn't thought about that ! Ha ! How fondly I remember the time you razed my Heroic Epic with 50 cavalries... Not today, Mao ! Spoiler : So, the War Elephant eats 3 Horse Archers. I lose 4 units total and feel pretty good right now. The Empire is looking strong. The 19 cities are mostly set up and in position to pay off. Few pics for overview : Spoiler : Ulundi comfortably produces 2 HAs per turn. I haven't decided what to do with this GG. Perhaps split the xp on some Longbows or settle somewhere in the Byzantines lands : there are some nice production cities in the south. Overall pop is looking fine. I lose more than 250 gold if I raise my slider (not building wealth) but I am also close to 400 bpt. Nicaea and Nicomedia are a little late, compared with other cities and I haven't cleared Justinian's Triremes (single city, I should kill him if I want to clear his units). Most cities won't be building wealth, by end of turn. I just haven't managed them, yet. I can probably backfill my land, now. I probably wait on my Golden Age to revolt into Feudalism. Buddhism has not spread well, so I don't need Monotheism. I'll try to scout New-York (Mausoleum) in the meantime : last I saw, it's a hill city but there were only 2 garrison units. Also northern cities : Didn't realize my power rating looked that good : 0,8 to America... Maybe I can snipe New-York. I wonder if I can reiterate the coup we did against Justinian. Have America send a stack our way, take a detour around it and capture the land. Trouble is, he must be getting Castles. I've got Stone and should probably try to failgold some into the Moai Statues, which I should also complete somewhere. New-York : Spoiler : Temple of Artemis, Oracle, Mausoleum of Mausoles, Academy, settled people ? No walls ? I don't have vision over the city, I hope this is accurate - the view is clear because bare map is toggled on. Or it will get updated when I get closer. I was thinking I'd research Machinery, next, but maybe Construction first is the better choice. I kinda need both anyway.