I'm sure you've played your fair share of fwg, but have you played this one? This version has eight players - an extra player on each team to take care of pop. Houses and town centers are free for each player, the construction training and gathering rates are all uped a little bit, and it includes an anti noob system.
Word of warning though, I reccomend you play this with players who have good connections otherwise the game may lag. This is already a very long game.
for the population guy, can he build like 30 houses and nobody else can make any?
Also, did you include triggers that replaces GPs like UW, SS? And rocs, those damn rocs.
I also prefer three gates, one is a little boring. I'll play this on ESO later
*Edit* I looked at it in the editor, awesome balancing/anti-noob triggers. Two gates looks fine. Eyecandy could be improved on, as could the distance between the wall and the bases. The tc's look a little too clustered around player 4 & 8, but I like the setups for everything else. Infinite berry bushes could also be nice though... lol