Allright, my game is on diety, would've posted this earlier, but I wasn't sure if I've met everyone on my continent.
17 turns away from discovering writing, but I decided to aquire it from Carthage for 3gpt and 143gold
I then traded with Japan:
got the wheel, warrior code, ceremonial burial with
writing, 4gpt and 8gold
I then started Literature at 10%
Carthage demanded 22 gold, gave in, will get my money back + interest when I'm ready.
Traded with Ottomans. Got map making in exchange for my world map, 9gpt and 110 gold
Then traded with Japan, got their world map, mysticism for
map making, world map, 2gpt and 10 gold
Traded with Carthage, got their world map and 13 gold for my world map
At this point, it was clear that I've made contact with everyone on my continent.
Looks like Ottomans and Japan will be tougher nuts to crack than Carthage since Carthage is knee deep in jungle. Hopefully their faster workers will clear most of it away for me.
I currently have 5 pathetic cities with a 6th one on the way, not much in terms of military. 5 warriors and 4 workers. I'm 23 turns away from Literature, and I'm pretty sure someone else will research it before me, so I'm not going to try for the GL.
England has built Colossus and Oracle, The Ottomans have pyrmids. The great wall and lighthouse are being constructed by various civs as well.