The Dutch were my favorite nation in Civ 4, so I was rather excited to see Polynesia would be a builder-type civ with a coastal focus. I hadn't really tried a cultural victory yet in Civ 5 and I decided to give it a shot. I tilted things a bit in my favor with a small continents script, large, immortal, standard settings. I gotta say, this is just about the best start location you can get for Polynesia! Easily defensible desert choke point with Citadel and Fort, built a decent navy to protect the shore, and I was all set. I started next to Songhai and France to the northwest and southwest, who have been invading across the water all game, but thankfully I got Hiawatha to the northeast and he's been my friend all game. I'm surprised at just how much is going on in a builder game. I was concerned all the buffs to peaceful gameplay might make things too easy, but it seems there's still always tons of stuff to do. I had a hard time getting everything done I needed this game... in particular I wanted to ally with nearby citystates more, but Hiawatha's tremendously competitive for citystates. My friendship level with Kuala Lumpor there in the center is at 252/30 alliance stage yet Hiawatha's still outmatching me! This is also my first real game to get a lot of use out of the Citystate Diplomacy mod, and I've gotta say it's a lot more fun than the vanilla game's uninspiring toss-the-gold. If only we could give the Quest system more depth too!