I agree with fixed positions; I would also like wildlands in the world, and more fertile areas. It's a lot bigger but it feels like just a lot more nothingness in between cities.
I also wished boats could become an item to purchase but no luck. Instead of getting the bigger points of Civ - you have a giant, almost desolate world with less "sweet spots" than a randomly generated map. I guess a "Wide" Civ5 player would love having 30 towns, 12 conclaves and 4 fortresses that are each under par, "B level" cities. I like "Tall civilizations" and i like to get 2 towns, 2 conclaves, 1 fortress. Only, all the sub-par locations make it hard, nearly impossible.
Rushed? No, i found the map to have a lot of qualities, actually. There are a few wierd things that happen in naval combat, and a couple really good starting spots - if you ctrl+n enough times. (less times than a random map!)
However, overall, i am not disappointed. Surely better than Civ5 scenario maps/map packs.