Egypt is great for early wonders but terrible for later (i.e. iron/ aluminum/happiness) expansion. Arabia is going to box me in. There's the sinkhole called south Africa that'll drive my economy to the dumps for unknown reasons. My last game as Hannibal gave me a thought--if you build the Great Wall, the many barbs in Africa will demolish other civs (in fact Mali never had a chance and was wiped out in the early 1100's, and in 1988 the barbs will still roaming West Africa). So if Carthage (and maybe Rome and Greece) collapses, I'll capture their cities (which will then be safe from barbs, at least the African ones) and from there I'll get to America for my 3-4 productive cities. Count on Ethiopia, maybe Mali as my vassals for happiness (will give Mali feudalism and maybe an elephant). Use 500/5000 culture as my 2/3 UHV and build the wonders a little later than required. Need Mausoleum of Mausollos and Hanging Gardens!!