I’ve used similar tactic very much lately, perhaps I should change it… As usual, I got Hospice and Construction Hut and got four quarries. I made some money with tobacco farming and bought two large buildings (Residence and Fortress). Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to man the Residence, so that lost me few points.
I need more practise! Still, even though I won’t win the game, I like it a lot. It’s elegant and very, very difficult. What’s best for you, hard to tell… until afterwards, when you’ve already made the wrong decision. D’oh.