Start points are limited to the western continent and surrounding islands. PM me your claim/post it on the thread, I'll review it to make sure it's not ridiculous, and then add you to the map. Natives and NPC colonies will be added to the map after we've got all the players on it. Be warned, natives are going to be bigger and tougher this time around.
In addition, Oslo is working on drawing up climates for the world. So far doing it 100% realistically has led to horrifying wastelands everywhere because I got a little too excited about islands and mountains. It may be a while until the world's ocean currents and winds are tweaked enough to turn the western continent from an arid desert hell similar to Australia in arable land distribution, to something worth starting on.