Well, I'd indeed suggest to just use a lower difficulty level. Where is the point? Why do you have to be able to win a deity game? I mean are you a god? But, as you pointed out, that huge maps might fit better for gods... maybe you should try my Eurasia XXL map. There is plenty of time in the beginning to develop your empire... lots of space. (only the gamespeed needs some future adjustment. it's too fast in science atm) True. In my Eurasia XL and XXL maps the Greek are always in front like crazy... I already tried to give them as little recources on their starting point as possible but they alway find a way to be great. In PAE there is only a 1 tile minimum between cities.