Well I´m currently playing this map and its great. I´m Rome and I saw has very early that I whould never be big by just creating seatlers. so I rushed up +2 citys. rushed to pretorians, and then it was just mass production. just barracks and pretorians until 1000 AC. 1 time I have played the game and my capital has no ancient wonder. around 1500 I owned western greece, balkans, spain, france and germany. underdeveloped country with 10% of its population in the army. (by the way I play epic) 1870. I own all europe, northern africa. russia west of Ural mt. midle east and india. + i am in good relations with americans after big conquest war with astec where i own now midle america south US. and have defence pact with malasia wich owns africa. future tech 2 coming up. I play prince level. worst thing now is that the empire is so vast that it take hours just to play couple of turns. at the year 1600 I had played for 9 hours give or take. now i have played for 16 hours and its 1890. and its growing longer and longer. Hey you invated germany to prevent spacerace with china. i´m doing it almost reversed sugestion: make one map of this one where spacerace isn´t possible. It will force people to try and win with conquest and domination. thats always fun. And the problem with Rome and other badly placed civs is: they need to be humans and the need to be at constant war. In Europe you don´t get your "breething space" by asking nicely. strong military is rule nr 1. English is my second language so this text is probably very badly writen. thanx for this great map.