Very low likeness 3000BC emperor/monarch strategy

Sep 21, 2007
OK, there's pretty much no way you can catch up in tech unless you start late (well, unless you conquer some cities with early conquerors). There is a way though if you are lucky enough not to get conquerors on yourself.

1. Build capital to emphasize growth, not commerce initially. If you start with a stupid set of techs (e.g. fishing/mining when there isn't any fish or hills around), restart. Preferably with a stone or marble but not absolutely necessary.
2. Mysticism, meditation, priesthood, masonry, polytheism, monotheism, theology.
3. Build Stonehenge and Oracle at all costs.
4. Switch to serfdom/HR when you oracle monarchy.
5. Settle first great priest in capital, then use 2nd one to partially bulb theology. Depending on your religious luck, switch to an appropriate religion and build AP and Hagia Sophia.
6. Save 3rd one to partially bulb DR, but in the meantime take care of your economy and don't forget to get DR before 1000AD.
7. No more than 8 cities until you get Code of Laws.
8. Bureaucracy in a capital with 3-4 monasteries and Univ of Sankore/Spiral Minaret is unbeatable.

From then it's pretty much a space race/cultural win (you will have at least 3, if not 4 religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam). With a lot of hard work you can do domination.
Divine Right is not necessary, too expensive and not too important. I prefer just build AP and switch to pacifism or free religion with Shwedagon Paya (you don't get bonus of Minaret or Sankore under free religion anyway), and focus tech on liberalism line or astronomy line.
Monarchy is easy in any way, you can probably found all 7 religions. Emperor needs more luck and better starting position. Demigod is more challenging, I haven't won a game with bad start yet.
I don't think you can found all 7 religions in monarch, unless you have an excellent starting position. Judaism, Confucianism and Taoism are the ones I always miss because the research is just too expensive, and if you go for the latter two you'll probably miss Christianity.
Divine Right is excellent to trade for other techs.
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