If you play whit low gold gauls are faster in the begining.
If you play whit lots of gold of course egipcians are bether but as i understand the question is about if it is whots to play gauls. Ppl whit low gold yes...ppl whit more gold egipcians.
I think i never spend so mutch gold in a defensive acount like now whit egipcians.
So yes,egipcians have a more slow and ecpensive start then gauls for shore
How can that be? Egyptian hero bonus gives you more res, so you have better economy at start when resources are sparce, and more chances of settling a cropper faster. Of course if you go for a 15c with waterworks wou will need more gold...
But like I said before, a 9C with waterworks will need much less gold for NPC and still make good crop production.