Dushku - I find a domination game on a Small Continents Plus map on Huge very rewarding. Gives you a taste of land and sea combat. I usually bump up to 13 AIs and 26 city states just to crowd things up even more. I agree with you if you're on a Pangea style map. But if you need to cross ocean to win, you're going to need science. Trying to trapse into a snowballing Ethiopia in the heart of another continent after he's been living a lovefest lifestyle and enjoying the cozy research agreements of his neighbors - that can't be done without some technological catch up. There are several Civs that will cause this kind of domination problem on a true continents map. Though, much to my irritation, Ethiopia popped up in every game I played for like a year.