Ok this is great for fun small maps and esp. for large mods that always cause the computer to die on larger maps. My settings are small map/ archipelago/ no tech trade or brokering/advanced ai/advanced start (8k)/ epic or slowest possible speed/ snaky continents/domination victory/ and just 3 ais in the game, BUT key constant war. Ive been trying monarch diff, but its very tough, may have to drop 1 level. The thing is early raiding is fun and needed, great generals come quicker, you have to protect your lands all the time, lots of promoting units, you dont have slow times that get boring, the world wonders are tougher to build (as you are always building some troops, overall development is just tougher. If you win you know you earned it. Give it a try.