Yeah.. that map layout had me a bit terrifed (who knew the layout of hell could be frustating) . For some reason the game put me in a corner (of rivers) , and almost had me blocked in by another player Howerver I have plans on dealing with them :) At least the nearest PoP is only about 5 turns away. (lol) - I'm excited to see how the first 10 or so turns go.
If you are cornered, you only have 1 front to fight on, when your opponent has 2, 3 or maybe 4. Dont be a patsy and try and fight him too early, he'll try and ignore other demands and "contain" you, instead make demands on him, initiate praetor battles, get a star praetor skilled up and then you demand anyone anywhere, from the comfort of your safe little corner.