Greetings, I am currently playing the English, led by Victoria. Monarch level. Map is Earth 2. I am applying several strategies I have read about on the forums and I think/thought I am/was doing pretty well so far. (50 BC) 2 questions: What should I do and how am I doing? I spawned in North Africa near some sugar, a river, and some grassland, so I decided to found London on a sugar and went for Pottery straight away. After Bronze Working, I settled near the closest Copper to the South of my capitol. I discovered that Napoleon was south of me, and that another source of Copper was 5 tiles away to the East. I decided to found my third city there in order to claim the boundaries and deny him the resource. Turns out he has iron but I can live with that. We're the only two civs in Africa and I think I have a pretty nice piece of real estate. There is this sweet choke point on a hill around that connects NE Africa to the rest of the map and Animal Husbandry revealed Horses there. I've got the Great Lighthouse and several well-developed cottages so my economy is pretty okay and I decided to settle on the chokepoint to get the horses and control the land entrance to my continent. A few problems: I have not decided what type of victory I am after. Zara Yacob has two cities super close to my horses and I am already feeling the cultural pressure. I don't think I can keep the city very long. I thought of beelining to Music to culture bomb with the Great Artist. I don't want to go to war yet and diplomatically, he's pleased with me at the moment. Napoleon has started making Swordmen. He may have something in mind and I will need to start cranking out Axemen soon. What should I do? Both Napoleon and Zara have Judaism as their state religion. I have none at the moment. I thought of switching to make them happy while I beeline to Music, and maybe (while I am at it) go for a cultural victory. It is worth noting however that I have neither Marble nor Stone at the moment. Let me know what you think!