I feel like my strategies are pretty well set I just need some help with early game expansion. I use the greeks and this is my normal strategy. Usauly what I do is try to get 100 gold asap and get that free settler to build a city. Then I then I focuse my tech so I can get republic. Then I build 2 or 3 more cities depending on how much room is left.
My problem is it takes a while to do all that and I fall behind in the tech race. Also buy the time I get republic and start building settlers the computer as usaly already exapanded giving me little room to work with. Is it more efficent to just build settlers and take the hit to your popultion? Do you have any other suggestions on early game expansion?