Sorry Yamhee, I didn't want to insult you. Just having fun with Xia and not making fun of you. So, for the info, pretty much everyone has giving good info. I'm a turtler type so I like to have my Sov having all the magic book at start, Merchant for proffession (making more money) brilliant (+1 tech knowloedge without study so I start researching on the first season), meditative (+1 arcane knowledge same reason as brilliant) green thumb so I can build my hut on the first turn and naturalist for having a mine near my start location. After that, I go for Civilisation tech first (most of the time I take harvest to take advantage of my mine), after magic (shard harveting) and after Warfare with equipment. After this, I continu to research civilisation until I ran into an ennemy sovereign.My focus on civilisation is:Harvest/Civic (may be switch), Production, construction, economy, literacy (or education, can't remember), housing, education (or litaracy) and after improve housing. For the building queue, I go for hut, farm, workshop,hut, beacon of hope, workshop, workshop, study, study, study, study, hut, hut. For sure, when I can, I make the construction yard to boost my construction time. I train only when I first encounter with my hero new sov.
For the magic, I reasearch first Fertility (+1 prestige) and teleport, reasearch lvl2, lvl3, call to arm, lvl4 and after enchanted hammer.After, I reasearch what I want.I want to reasearch call to arm fast because I don't train much troop, so when an ennemy declare war (it don't happen very much because I made some treaty with them really early and after I make alliance, work nice on challenging so novice should be fine too) I must pump out troop so call to arm is really of a capital importance to me.
Of course, I don't do that always in this order and I don't reasearch ONLY civilisation, I reasearch also adventure for new ressource and diplomacy for new ally (spider and shrill are very power early game and cost only money, no material/ore so it's good if you dont have many other ressource.But you get the point: my main focus is on Civilisation to establish some few strong city and after that, I expand with call to arm. That's pretty much it. It won't work on very agressive AI/player but on novice it should work fine.