Been searching through the forums for a simular topic about how players like to start off in BNW. No luck finding anything so thought i would start a thread about how we start off. Moderators feel free to move this to an appropriate thread if this has already been discussed! Here is quick rundown of how i generally start off in most of my games. - I tend to have a bit of conquest in mind off the bat - First techs are Pottery then Animal Hus. - First Production from Capital is Scout > Monument > Scout (good for exploring and gets my culture up and running towards my first SP) - As i have opened with Pottery it gives me access to Granary and Shrine which i try to produce next - After Animal Hus i beeline for Construction (Composite Bowman are pretty OP and i get Archery on the way to Construction) - First SP is Liberty going down the left side of the tree for the Production bonus and the Free Settler. - I will Steal a worker from a nearby City State or even DoW a CV and steal his worker. - After Masonry i always try to build Pyramids (This wonder has excellent Synergy with Liberty, workers will build things so fast) This is the only wonder i have in mind early on. If i miss it it's no major problem. - With the free Settler i will usually have another on the way from the capital. Early on will have 3-4 cities. - After Construction Writing is a must for me to get Science going. Then i can start building Libraries in my cities. - By now i should have like i said about 3-4 Cities with about 4-5 Composite Bowman. Maybe 3 Workers who work like the wind with Liberty and Pyramids. (Connect Cities with roads, Liberty skill increases Happiness by 1 and of course you get Gold for connecting to the Capital) - Once Liberty is complete i like to just open Tradition for Border growth. This can really help your Land ownership demographic. - Now i'm considering Conquest. I will look for a CV that has been building a lot of wonders. In a recent game Austria had built 8 wonders compared to my 1. They were my neighbours which i guess is kinda lucky. I smashed her capital taking those wonders off her. She even had The Great Wall but i managed to pull it off - After opening Tradition i like to fill Commerce and Rationalism as they become available. Don't really have a set victory condition in mind. I just use this Strategy, then decide where i want my game to go. I Play huge maps on standard speed Emporer Difficulty. I don't think i'm a great player by any means, i do a small amount of Micro-Managment while using this strategy. It's a lot of fun though, much more fun than the Tradition snoozefest. What is your Strategy for the first half of the game? be as brief or as detailed as you like, very interested to read others Strategies.