This patch makes random maps the game setup default (relevant for new players and when changing mods), instead of the “Acropolis Bay (2)” skirmish map. This makes it easier for and encourages people not to play the same map over and over again, but instead discover more of the variety 0 A.D. offers.
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Agree this is better than the current status quo.
One could also argue the other way around. If they are presented with random maps there is no need to touch that option, while after playing the exact same map a few times people may be incentivised to explore other maps, be it random, skirmish or scenario.
That being said, I don't have a strong opinion on this.
Scenarios and skirmish maps are listed in alphabetical order and can't be randomized (fixed number of players and map sizes), therefore the first map people encounter is always the “Acropolis Bay (2)” skirmish map. While it may not be that bad per se, it's probably not the best 0 A.D. has to offer. Moreover, many (most?) new players don't explore other possibilities, they just start a match.
Besides, the default selection for random maps is “default”, which does not include all random maps, only those that are deemed better.