For starters let me say I already abandoned this game and started a new one with the same settings. The new game is going very well. Ok the game was Poland, fractal, standard settings, immortal. I started off about 8 tiles from Etheopia to my west. North was a city state with Japan on the other side. East was Rome, who was aggressively expanding towards me. South was a very small peninsula and ocean. The map was very tight in my area. Etheopia sandwiched a city to my north, between my cap and the CS. Rome settled all the way up to my cap on the east side. I settled northwest and south. My settling was late but the locations were decent. At first I thought I would be only able to settle 1 city. So things are going well and about t100 Rome DOW me. I hold him off and take Neaopolis. I'm marching to Cumae and Etheopia DOW me. I tried to stay friends with him. We had trade routes, open borders. I tried to bribe him into war with Rome, but he wouldn't take anything for it. So Etheopia took my western city in 2 turns. My army was too far away. I rushed a CB in the sieged city, but it wasn't enough. I was swarmed all around because of his city placement. I made peace with Rome, and tried to take his northern city. But his army was massive and attacking my capital. I defended and weakened his army. By that time, his northern city had 26 defense and xbows were a long way off. Would you have continued this game? Would you have reloaded at turn 1 and retried the map? Or would have done what I did and restart on a new map?