Ah we were going off of different assumptions then. If the 3X3 was surronded by water it would mean unequal starts right? Some teams would have a greater defensive advantage while others would have a contact advantage. On the other hand, if there are land bridges that provide routes around multiple inland seas then all the starts would be balanced and equal- everyone would have contact with everyone, at least diagonally. I was going to write a sentence about who's assumptions make more sense but then I... oh wait, I just did.