J C Lawrence
I really like Ireland. The games have been more tense and close. Why? What other maps offer close games by design?
I also like Ireland, tho I prefer it with 3 not 4 players as I find the ability to screw other players in 4 player games so far exceeds the ability to help oneself especially in the early game, as to make the early game too random for my taste. Other maps I'd recommend as being particularly tight: Germany (my second favourite map after Ireland), China (clearly a 4 player map, 5 is too many), Japan (3 players only), and North of England (5 or 6 players, too open with 4)