You may be more suitable for the DemoGame style game, that is not as pressing on the individual players. You are not asked to play the save on a regular basis, just to help discuss the options regarding movement, techs, trades, etc. The team President (Designated Player - DP) is responsible for playing the save for the whole team. The term for the President usually lasts a month, but that's not written in stone. In fact the Prez can ask anyone to step in for him/her at anytime (but the Prez is still responsible for anything that happens). As far as land mass, see above. It looks like Pangaea or Continents. I believe the silly islands are out!