What, in your opinion, is the worst luxury combination you can have have when you start the game? Why do you think it's the worst? (And, no, "gems and nothing but jungle" is not an option...though I've had that happen to me multiple times.) To me, I'd guess it's whales and gems. They're on complete opposite sides of the tech tree, and if the gems are covered in jungle, you even have to get iron working to get at them. Meanwhile, to improve the whales, you need to build a workboat, and improved whales are easy for a random barbarian ship to come along and pillage. Interested in your thoughts!