IMHO the scenario has it's pros and cons. In Neal's scenario, Persia has many rushable enemies to the east and west and since the pc doesn't start with Archery (and even if so, he would be easy prey) Neal basically starts with about 5 Cities and some extra workers. On the back side, every civ that isn't rushed by Neal will have lots of tiles and an advantage due to the pc-civ multipliers on research etc. In the Middle Ages, when Persias Immortals lose their oomph Neal will basically have lots of yellow-tiles, some nice but sub-par Arabian holdings, less ressources than his rivals and ... Egypt. I like Egypt. He will have to use the Nile for research and/or GPs and have the rest of yellow land build stuff. Rome, China and post-IW India will become Powerhouses if left alone.