My first game was sweden on huge highland map with 18civs.. The start of the game was rough my land was not great(tundra lots of deer, and fur. It was a slow growth tell I hit a faith ruin and got goddess of the hunt, followed by finishing the temple of Artemis. Then my food situation turned around. Polynesia said high then 5 turns later wanted to be my friend, which was nice cause bonus to great people. Assyria fell because on the top of him was zulu's and below him was Carthage. Eventually I become host of the WC everyone wanted a worlds fair so I picked that one and made 8 friend's. Zulu and all his mongering got him mass denounced by every civ, so I joined the band wagon and picked up6 more friends giving me 16 friends and 160% to great people! I spent the rest of the game getting scientists and art I have never had so many great people before, it was awesome.