I've seen folks post (on another board) they play the Nordheim province as "coastal". I know in "real life" (ha!) that area of the map was really two countries, one of which was definitely on the western ocean. On the game board, it seems clear they wanted the "ocean" covered up by the adventure card area, so we have been playing Nordheim is NOT coastal.
The reason I mention this: the "Sea Power" objective card. All other colored areas of the map have at least two non-adjacent coastal areas for purposes of completing this card, and Aquilonia, Stygia, and Turan can complete this objective without bumping into another player. Just wondering why it's different for Hyperborea.
Please note: I do NOT consider this to be a flaw; merely a point of interest. I've also noticed Cybernex posting here, so I'm hoping he (or one of the other designers) can answer.
How are y'all playing it? Is Nordheim "coastal"?
If the designers are reading this, just let me say: This is one GREAT game!