Ok, I'm really late to the party. My notes, which are really good for this DAR, are at home, but I wanted to comment on a few things. I played on Prince, btw.
First, like a few others (Cort, Lockstep, DeepO and Thror), I moved my settler east and settled there, so as to get the hills in the workable radius.
I researched Animal Husbandry first, but got it from a hut 4-5 turns before I'd have finished it, which was a little annoying (I'd rather have gotten something else and finished Animal normally).
My starting warrior was eaten by bears not long into the game, despite being in a forest and across a river. Toast.
I later built a scout that did ok after having several close calls (lions, wolves).
I built New York at Washington 2223 (coast, near cows, horses once I got a border expansion). Boston was to the SW, directly between the coast and the lake by the pigs.
I have no screenshots from ancient times (what is the hotkey to take/save the screenies I see people in this thread making??) and my first save is from 1400 AD (!). Typical me, eh?
Some things I noticed in other people's screenshots:
1) Many people went with a looser build than I did. I feel my somewhat tighter build helped me, but it *did* cost me the ivory site to the east. Isa-freakin'-bella got there first.
2) Lots of people seemed to prioritize grabbing the wines to the north/northeast. Why? I mean, wines are nice, but no more so than seveal other luxuries. I saw a number of New Yorks built up off the river on a hill to grab all the wines. Didn't seem worth it - you lose the health bonus from the river. You do gain +25% defense for that city, of course.
More later, once I can access my notes.