Ok cool I am not a resentful person, anyway. Then no America start if you disagree. But we would have to pick either european/african or european/middle eastern or african/middle eastern or asian only leaders then I think, to start somewhat in reach. Ok then, considering the majority really is for no starting traits and pure traits lets do that and both learn to live with it. In precolumbian GEM we can only start in prehistoric. What is the game speed of the other multiplayer games? In single player I am used to Eternity (30-something turns for the first tech) so I think playing Marathon would feel like blitz to me.