I have been playing a lot of multiplayer games in Civ4 BTS. My preferred setting is Islands (one per player) because I dont like the early wars. But even when you have "balanced" settings, the difference of starting positions and islands in general can be huge. Its far from being balanced. Sometimes you have 4 food resources, then none. One has half the island desert or jungle, the other rivers. A player who has gold/gems will have a much better techrate than others without. Often also the size of the islands is very different (on tiny Islands 5 Cities possible vs. 8 cities possible etc.). The list could go on for a while... I think it would be really cool to have an option "identical islands". Every player would have exactly the same island with the same resources and start on the same spot of his respective island. Then you could see - wow while I have a 12 capital, my neighbour has it at size 20... Obviously that would not be realistic - but it doesnt have to be for me. When you play competition / multiplayer I always prefer settings as equal as possible. The identical Island option would obviously be best for this. Im looking here for people who see things the same way. Maybe if we are a lot of people we could find a way to make it possible in one of the next patches.