@Deckhand - Thanks - makes sense. I didn't consider a map with multiple independent oceans - I've only played a map like that a couple of times. @Zhary - I'm a GO with you running a scouting turn to learn more info. Make sure to grab the demographics like deckhand said, and don't pick a tech for the first 5 turns. (I agree that AH is a solid first tech.). I'm just starting work now, so I'll be AFK for ~12 hours.