The 1700 AD start can be fun for quick aggressive games. I just finished a good French run. Started with conquering Spain from the get go, and training settlers. Then turned to Austria, conquered Italy made them capitulate. Then ended up fighting a war with Portugal, took Lisbon. Then turned my guns on the Prussians. By now I had despotism and nationhood in my civics and quickly amassed the largest army in Europe. Poland was briefly my vassal but collapsed within 20 turns or so, didn't matter, just took Prussia and they had Polish land. The Russians never fought me openly just kept peacing out. I settled all over the mid-west and part of Canada within my historical zone. I fought a brief war with Britain for Toronto timing it with the American spawn, and that gave me 40% of North American territory. I added a few more cities, and by 1800 had 45% or so both in Europe and America. After I noticed the Dutch building the Eiffel tower I took out Amsterdam as well and used the golden age to get the wonders in time. I would have won the UHV by 1830 but messed up using the Great Engineer I got finishing the Eiffel Tower before the Statue of Liberty. The latter took much longer to construct from Marseille. I played it on Marathon. Another fun game was playing the Dutch in 1700. It was almost too easy, but its a fun speed run to see how fast you can get the UHVs done.