I'm going to be honest, I actually I hate the game on the normal settings. The beginnings too slow, the decisions aren't really meaningful, then you gain a slight advantage, and click your way to victory. But, I love messing around with the settings. MY favorite way to play is small Continents with an extra player on Immortal difficulty, epic speed, using a Medieval Era start date (or classical if I know I want to play with an earlier civ) with all victories disabled except domination. I find at these settings, the game just hits the ground running and never really slows up. What are your guys favorite settings?