May I suggest more N/S American Civs ? Only prob is 18 civs total not 32 like we had with Civ 3 Conquests.. Cherokee/Sioux/ Maya. Real civs expand better than 'barb towns' and generate culture better thus they would settle more of the map. It's not easy playing the Americans either thats for sure. I thought about giving them some kind of bonus. A carrack named the mayflower? Not sure that'd help much. Extra settler or two with workers is too unbalancing. I just feel that when dealing with America it feels like 1692 on this continent although Europe starts at 4000bc. When N America was colonized it was the 1600's not 4000bc. There's a bit of time clash. Hell I don't know, I suppose I could make a 1692 world map, Europeans would have an advantage with established cities and capitals and the Americans maybe with just one like Jamestown size 1 Re: Oil. Yes not only should Mexico have some but Texas as well. Iron and Coal I was thinking should be a little more abundant than it is. Re: Gold, silver, gems. I guess it depends on when you think about it. As time went on it was mined heavily and hauled off on treasure fleets (Spanish ) I'll have to look at it again but I wouldnt advise tweaking really unless theres an unbalance (IE south americans have access to more lux than any other continent ) All in all a very good map. I don't mean to criticize you Aeric, I'm just voicing what's going thru my head, how I feel about it. You put time and effort in it. Kudos in my book.