New patch is out, so I'm starting a new game here. I didn't really finish my previous game but that one seemed in the bag, so I'm moving up a difficulty level. I'm not really expecting to win, but this should be interesting. I'm going with Germany as I really enjoy playing with the civ and I'm going to stick with a civ I'm familiar with on my first VP Diety playthrough. Any advice is welcome. Spoiler Map Settings : Continents+, Huge, Marathon, Events Enabled, High Sea Level, 3 billion years I actually kinda like city-states being on islands. Majors get to be majors because they are on continents. For Germany's case, it protects city states early game but forces you to have a strong navy later on. It also pushes back Germany's power curve, so the early game will probably be harder. I also personally enjoy playing on big maps, and have set sea-level to high so that the amount of land for each civ is not too large. Age has been set to 3 billion years as high sea-level seems to decrease mountain spawns. The result tends to be a mix that resembles Earth. I have rerolled a few times until I got a coastal start. While I want to be challenged by the AI, I don't find much enjoyment from being gimped by not being able to send trade routes from my cap. Spoiler Start Location : Not much to be said here. I settle in place.