From the posts on this forum I infer that most players play continent or pangea maps - as I do. My question is what strategies and leader traits are most effective on other - less commonly played - maps such as islands, lakes, terra, and fractal. Particularly on higher levels, monarch and above, what are the optimal strategies? Also on single player how does map size effect choice of strategies and leader traits [small, standard, large, and huge]? On pangea or continental maps of standard size and speed at Monarch, the other AI civilizations are nearby and before long city spamming ends due to the AI borders. Typically at this point an early war is needed to continue a competitive civ development. Multiple tech trading is also possible once Alphabet is discovered because you will have met multiple other AI civs. Navies are not very important on pangea maps for much of the game and become important on continent maps usually only when needed to mount an invasion or defend against an invasion from the other continent. For players who have played these less common maps at Monarch and above, what should a first time player of these maps keep in mind as they journey into the unknown.