Cool! Start together with a friend or allied AI player side at side in the center of the map. Defends you together against you encircled opponent. The Indians of villages can be here helpful. There are two tradeing routes, one by the center and one around the map.
Plays for this in two teams (2on4)! The human player always starts in the center of the map. Just as also the allied player!
VG idea to have yourself start in the middle. In other RMS you assume the opponent is on the other side of the map. But where is the other side, when you are in the middle!!! Attack could come from any direction!