if you can upload an digital copy of the disc that would be awesome
I'd like to do that Smackdown one day or at least make a video about it
Yeah you'd probably have to ban Ottoman at the least because Ottomans are just busted beyond belief because ES actually thought they'd be a turtle civ because they don't have to pay for villagers and therefore don't need map control to hunt. Yeah. That sort of logic really gets an insight as to how the game was released in such an imbalanced state but at least it didn't crash constantly or whatever like some games do today, so there is that. So unless you want to see lots of Ottoman Jan/Abus mirrors because their stats were ridiculous back then, ban them.
France are also pretty busted too starting with an extra CDB among other things. Germany with no shipment penalty and Mercantilism costing 1000 coin instead of 1500 also presents problems. Merc shipments also come in at 40 seconds like everything else... War Wagons with ridiculous range and skirms did not get a bonus against them though they were 5 speed IRC. Ugh, such a mess. That's just what I 'remember', it was nearly 15 years ago now
. Game was a real real mess back then. Might make a nice documentary video but really, the novelty factor will wear off fast
You'd be better off playing Age of Empires 1 which is also an imbalanced mess.