I'm playing Emporer
I don't tend to favor micromanaging nearly as often as some people here, but I'm hoping my game stands up to the test...
I built Constantinople right where the settler was, and got to work on a barracks prebuild to a granary. I started researching potteryj at a 12 turn pace. That seemed shockingly fast to me, but hey.
3550 BC. Border expansion pops a Settler! He heads South East to take advantage of that lovely game.
3350 BC I found Adrianople SE of the games, and discover pottery. I switch to a granary, and start a curragh in Adrianople.
3100 BC Curragh starts sailing south, and I start warriors. My curragh gets to watch the volcano on the south west island erupt. Hooray!
2900 BC Warrior finished, starts to explore.
2800 I meet Japan, and buy the wheel for Alphabet and 23 gold.
2710 My first settler completed, he heads to the coastal hill NE of Adrianople, where he will found Caesara in 2550.
2430 My next settler founsd Nicea in the forest SW of the cattle. I am packing cities much closer than I like to on a bigger landmass, but I am now aware of the size of my continent (how DARE you call it an island ) and know that having lots of cities is going to be important. Maybe I'll disband some later...
2310 I pop some barbarians from the second hut, and meet Sumeria. They have Warrior Code and Ceremonial Burial, just like Japan, but also Masonry. I can buy the first two from either, but I want Masonry so I can sell it to Japan. I plan to save and hope that Japan doesn't research it on their own. Neither has curraghs, so I know that contact is mind alone for now.
2150 I am about to found a new city in the North West of Byzantium (the landmass), have 23 turns to writing, and still can't afford Masonry. But Japan doens't have it either. I feel like I'm off to a nice start, and enjoy the landmasses Dom gave us for the Curraghs to look at. I have two, and will have a third next turn. In the next turns I want to get more workers (3 now), to start clearing those marshes... ugh, what project that will be. But I need the land for cities, and I need them now.