I've grown increasingly frustrated lately playing Rome/Persia and attempting to go for Swordsmen, spending all that time going for Iron Working and...there's none almost anywhere. I try to find city states with Iron, but they never seem to have six, and I can't get the gold to sustain two city-state allies with the AI competing with me. What makes it frustrating is that it's basically the same scenario playing itself out EVERY single game, trying to settle a second city on/near Iron and the world is just barren and I almost never find Iron nearby me. Maybe I should just tick strategic start and be done with it? So basically, my question is: what do you when this happens? Is there enough time to shift gears on Deity or do you have to scrap the game? I've been able to turn it around in time on Emperor and even Immortal sometimes, but it just seems to be really devastating on Deity to have your strategy torpedoed like that. I don't want to scrap the game I'm on since it's a GREAT start, but I don't know if I can suddenly shift to Immortals this late.