I started a Let’s Play of Civilization V Gods & Kings a while back that continues today (I never realized how many 25-minute episodes it would take to finish a playthrough). I wanted to change it up a bit, so I picked a “ring” map type, which makes it interesting in that it really keeps your attention focused on your neighbors, as movement beyond them, even by sea, is very limited. I learned that the map size can greatly affect how much you can fit on it when only one of the numerous city-states I had planned showed up.
In this playthrough, I am attempting to be a warmongering civilization. While I am doing a good job of keeping Carthage at war, I have made a lot of missteps along the way that have kept the civilization weak and prevent the technological and economic advancements needed to match other civs toe-to-toe militarily. I have been able to use the map to my advantage, though, and continue to struggle along with my weak forces.
I invite you to come check out the series. I am still working on my ability to speak continuously, as a Let’s Play of a game like Civilization V needs fairly consistent discussion to remain interesting. I welcome thoughts and feedback on the gameplay, or just general comments and discussion that could be incorporated into this or another series.