That's always nice, a good setup thread!
Way to go to start it Ozz!
My first ideas (which may change of course if people come with good arguments)
Timeslot: maybe try epic for once. Marathon is great though.
9 players, maybe 10 at most. Maybe just all players in HOTWVII now. I'd love it to have a solid game now without droppers, leavers and many changes.
Map: Terra is doing great. Pangea might be fun for once as well though.
Tech Trading: I'd say: Trade Only Self Researched Techs (Unlimited) (TOSRT)
The bad thing at TORaCTT is the limit, it creates fixed 3 player alliances. It's impossible to help backwards civilizations and therefor it's hard to get back in the game once you're behind.
With TOSRT we still have the benefits of inventing something yourself and not losing control of your tech after you gave it to someone. Inventing a tech has a huge value in TOSRT.
Maybe a 2nd rule might be trowed in, only trade techs with civs with whom you have open borders.
Mods: UN Mod (all players can be voted in as UN Secretary General)
I would LOVE it if we could start earlier then the current game starts.