The infrastructure must still be a small percentage of the actual cost though, so you werent actually commited.
True its just having demolished everything and having a whole pile of GW and the most boring capital in the world, the 40 days it took me to go level 21 didnt seem that bad and I had 45 days troops in GS GB B and S and SW already stacked - thats all I meant by committed.
I didnt lose any GS GB stack time going to levels 18 through to 21 as I made sure I was already stacked for the time it took before upgrading each time, that way troops churned off as the fields came on line
Nope, Im certain another player would have got to 340k troops with my account but not cos of a different spend on wheat fields but because they would have started the server much better than me and not fallen asleep on the job when garaging troops
My account should have had over 300k and that for me will be a massive disappointment with only myself to kick about it - c'est la vie!
Id still do it again (except I started late again on server 2!!!!!!!!) as it took me less time to build that last layer of wheat and other fields than to settle and build up the villages I would have needed to get an additional 38k resource per hour let alone wheat production - chiefing would have been nice but my nearest enemy was 24 hours away cos Id gone to the outer hebrides and beyond!
I know I wasnt clever (no surprise there) but in the test of time over cost, fizzy is right that chiefing is best but when that option is not available, then upgrading to 21 proved quicker than settling and I was after speed not cheapness - bit like cars really