Wow, T134 Optics sounds awesome on this map! I look forward to see more about your progress. This feels like a late Steel, but we have it in T195. Spoiler : This sure surprised me, but thanks! The bank from earlier was chopped out in the capital. The last chop into the university, which is then 2-popped. Then the big headache about what civics to go for. Did some math, and we'd lose a fair whack from dropping Buro. Still ended up doing it, tho. Hopefully those 2 extra XP will be valuable once the war starts, and depending on who we DOW, it will definitely be useful for cities without Buddhism. Boudica and Isabella were slowly catching up in techs, one hell of an empire she has. Suddenly half the crew had Chemistry, and we then traded it to Joao for Economics. Would have preferred Printing Press at this point, but it couldn't be arranged :-| We're starting to fall behind, and everybody on the Monty-Churchill-Joao continent is getting quite advanced. Monty finally started plotting again too, and I do wonder a little if it's on us. He started plotting the instant he got Astro, which I think was self-teched. Boudica has plotted a while too, and I think it's on Capac, but hard to know for sure. Much hatred going around, that's for sure. 1350AD, and Steel is done. Quite late, and I don't have very many units either. Feels like we have about 2 cities on this continent. Really hard to get much of anything done. Think the new cities have been slower to set up too. None of them are really ready to contribute yet. Will need a lot more units than this to declare on anybody. Not many hammers in the capital, especially without Buro, but the HE city is excellent. Hope we can get ready in time here. I may have to whip cities into the ground now, altho it does feel a bit awkward with so few cities. Need more boats too, think I only have 2 galleons. If the timing is right (and Monty doesn't DOW us), maybe I can jump in when Monty or Boudica declares.