That strategy guide has a fair amount of good advice, but there are some questionable ideas scattered in there too, so take care to check its assumptions as you play.
As a quick example:
This is the default strategy you should fall back to, but it’s certainly not the only right move. What do you gain and lose compared to building a bronze mine next turn? Essentially, you get just 1 resource while paying the opportunity cost of spending a civil action this turn instead of next.
Are there any other options?
- Perhaps there’s a key card in the row that you couldn’t afford to take otherwise.
- Maybe you took urban growth in the setup turn and can therefore build a new philosophy right away to supercharge your science. (Is this better than a bronze mine this turn and a philosopher next turn? Tough call.)
- If you’re very lucky, you might have the Pyramids and Engineering Genius A. In this case, you can finish the Pyramids next turn, but only by giving up on a bronze mine for two turns. (An extra civil action is great, but is it worth delaying improving your resource production for?)
This sort of question is what makes the game great. :)