Things to expect in grepo.
3-Mauw starting a premade
4-Some goldwhore has 15 cities out of Beginners Protection
5-Mauw's premade sinks
6-World won by largest and most active group of skilled goldwhores (or some stupid rim alliance)
The best way to rim is to wait a day and a half, then look at the world map and start in the direction furthest from the core, because by then the random direction will start filling up the areas which are closet to the core, I believe.