This is actually my second OCC game - the first was Emperor archipelago for any win (and obviously won by culture), and it turned out to be too easy. Aggie once posted a Monarch OCC Space Race and it was a really fun game, and he opened an SG with exactly the same settings (but different map). I decide to try something slightly different: a continent instead of archipelago map, which should be more challenging. And here is the report. I choose Sumeria. Scientific would speed up the tech race and Argriculture would be nice for growth (although Seafaring is much nicer, I want to try something different from Bazantines). It's a standard continent map with 80% water. The goal is a space race, although all conditions are enabled. I make sure we start next to coast and river. And we get a bonus food tile and gems. Hills and mountains. Not bad.