I always play on archipelago because the computer spawns like crazy and sends out settlers way too quickly, and I want to be left alone to develop at the beginning of the game. Then I set out to conquer the rest of the world when I'm ready. A few days ago, I decided to try a game on continents, and I was really surprised at how satisfying it has been. Although I selected the small continents option (on a huge map) I am on an uber-continent with originally 11 civs I believe. I wiped out the civs on one side of me so that I don't have to defend that border, but then one day I was minding my own business when one of my other neighbors declared war on me. That's fine and I was ready for them, but soon they got more and more of my neighbors in on the act too. Pretty soon I was at war with 11 nations, seven of which were on my continent. Although I may have been at war with 11 nations before, they were always on separate continents and didn't really do anything, but this time they are all trying to take a piece out of me. I have to say this is the most difficult and intense game I've played in awhile. My borders are so big and I have so many potential enemies. It's a very satisfying game, and I think I'll try this a lot more in the future.