Finished his 1st video. The map settings with increased desert certainly hurt. And his 1st and 2nd city start locations were pretty bad, though I see why he did those. 3rd city isn't that great either except for the spice forest hills. Just because they have a desert bonus doesn't mean every city should be in the desert in my opinion. Though I guess his 3rd city wasn't in the desert. The lack of growth in his capital is certainly hurting him. He just doesn't have the growth like in his Maori game. Growth is the thing hurting him most right now. That and lack of good space to expand and early war declaration from Hungary. But he should have no problem overcoming these challenges and winning the game.