This is emperor difficulty, im not ready for a deity attempt yet although I have won a game on immortal. I didn't sell open borders. I'll provide the save for this map if you are interested. Its the same map the gamemechanic played in his Germany A-W. I can get the Mids on this map as there is a second location (no water) above Trier if I settle on the Gypsum. But I think Cologne would be better. There are quite a few forests both locations but more in Cologne. Where would you settle your first two cities? And yes Im fully aware of the expansion and I am following it closely while really looking forward to it. I'm trying to improve my gameplay before it comes out.