Removing overland travel? That just may be the best improvement by cutting ever. That was the most frustrating part of the game for me. Not so sure if map compression is that good of an idea, though. I've played versions back to the C64 and while I've sometimes thought it takes too long for me to get from one end of the Caribbean to the other, I think those distances, besides, of course, being realistic, add to the strategic depth of the game. Just my thoughts, though.