Sashie, in my opinion luxuries are worth the shield used to create temples. I mean come on, just by settling there I get what, 3-5 luxuries? Tell me that's not worth taking the time to prevent flips. Tricky: I pretty much explained in the previous quote why I make it high. But I'll do it again. I enjoy having high shield+food production for fast early expansion because...well...that's just the way I like to play . When I connect the luxuries, my slider will go down a like 50%.