Is it bad that I don't build any non-resource farms until the modern age? I will only build farms if a city absolutely needs it and has sufficient health and happiness to grow more. 90% of the time, the city can grow to its maximum happiness (at that point in the game) without building any farms at all. I know building farms is supposed to help with whipping, but I find that even without farms my cities still grow faster than it takes for the unhappiness from whipping to go away. And since happiness is so low in the beginning stages of the game, I feel like if I built farms I would just have to divert my citizens from working them pretty soon afterwards to keep the city from surpassing my happiness limit. And that's time I could've spent working a cottage. Still, it feels wrong that I'm bypassing most of the tile improvements in the game in favor of cottage spamming everything. And it's boring. So has anybody done any number crunching to confirm the necessity of farms? (Unless I'm just an idiot who can't see the obvious until you guys point it out to me.) I'm able to beat the game consistently with any leader on monarch though, so ignoring farms may not be ideal, but it works well enough.