Hi all! Long time lurker seeking some advice on where to go with a Monarch game. The attached save is for Darius, Monarch diff, Pangaea, standard environment, Epic speed, no barbs (not my normal setting): View attachment Lilmeanie AD-0115.CivBeyondSwordSave My initial intent with this game was to try for a Domination win. I founded in place, and quickly found Joao 8 tiles away. My 2nd city was placed to grab horses, and the immortal rush commenced. I kept his capital, and razed 3 other cities. I then tried to quickly fill in the now open terrain. I did manage to get Susa (1 east of Joao's hill city) as a planned HE city, and Ecbatana as a planned commerce city. However, Charlie to my north was spamming settlers in like crazy, and Zara was encroaching from the east. I managed to drop Sardis, Bactra and Gordium in their planned locations. Tarsus was placed to block off something from Zara as I lost my planned site to him. Now I find myself wondering what to do. I alienated Zara after he switched from Budd to Hindu at Napoleon's request. I am falling behind militarily, which doesn't seem to bode well for a planned domination victory. The best techers in the game are my two encroaching neighbor/ targets. So here are the options that I think I have for now: 1) Build up stack and go for Charlie. I stand to gain the Buddhist shrine, reclaim some of "my" territory, and add his somewhat marginal terrain. This will likely cost a lot of hammers against his pro units and delaying (stone accelerated) walls. Also, brothers in faith unhappiness during a slower war may get a bit unruly. 2) Take it to Zara. He likely has better terrain to acquire, but he is an unknown quantity as I hadn't explored his territory before I closed our borders. A corollary is that if I don't keep all the captured cities, Charlie is gonna spam settlers into the gaps left by razing. 3) Go for a culture win. I have 3 religions available for cathedrals, I'm financial, and I certainly have 3 strong culture capable cities. The benefit is smug satisfaction at flipping my border crowding neighbors What do you think? All comments, suggestions and critiques are welcome!