Fundy removes a lot of the early game troubles! No unhappiness (no need for HG), no shields taken by units (unless over 10), little corruption. Quickly settled main island, and after the discovery of mapmaking, I found other suitable lands to settle. After the initial slowness of science, I have made up for the general lack of trade arrows by expanding my boundaries. I believe I have 20+ cities now, generating a tech every 11 or 12 turns. Getting beaucoup dinero, which I am using to buy libraries and other cheap improvements. Army is getting larger, developing a fleet of diplomats. Poor Egyptians , I found them first. Found the French (who defeated the Romans) next. I have STWA, Pyramids, Mike's [dance] , close to LW. Will go after ASTC next, maybe INC. What a great game! I wish I could play on deity level all of the time under Fundy!