This thread was started by someone who quit the March Game of the Month in disgust due to corruption on a small map with a lot of land on separate continents. Again, I would give more weight to your arguments and those of Zachariel if you participated in common games such as the GOTM. Many strategies and comments only apply to certain map sizes, or starting conditions. By having a common experience with 50+ other players, there is common ground for discussion. People that play games in isolation are much more likely to have "ivory tower" views of the world, as they often tailor the starting conditions to match their play style. Because of this, I give their comments a lot less weight when discussing game balance issues such as corruption. I invite everyone reading this to play the Game of the Month. There is still plenty of time to download and play the March game: Monarch difficulty, Americans, small map, version 1.17f. I rarely play for or get a high score, but it gives me a common game experience to learn, and to think about strategies and game balance issues.