Start up Civ and play Standard Continents. Restart 5 times. I would be *highly* surprised if not even one Polynesia start was non-coastal. As for how they work together... dunno. What happens when there are two Venice players in the same game? Surely it doesn't work any different to that? As it is, I just feel Polynesia is way too much of a roll of the dice. Your starting location breaks you or makes you, more than any other Civ in the game. If Polynesia isn't by the coast, you're doomed. If Polynesia is by the coast, but has a land-based monopoly resource, you're alright. If Polynesia is by the coast amd has a sea-based monopoly resource, you just won the game (especially if it was Coral). I've been playing them a lot lately because I like the concept but think it needs tweaking, and I want to figure out how.