Just a little story to go along with this thread. Spoiler : So I was hosting a multiplayer match and a guy decided to play the Huns. Well I figured it wouldn't be that bad. I was playing Byzantium and got a nice start with plenty of wine and a religious city state. As I scouted more of my area I discovered I was on a peninsula (pangea map by the way) with a mountain ridges separating me from the rest of the continent. With only 3 gaps open no bigger to 2 hexes as the way to the rest of the continent. I got a fairly good start and an excellent defensive position! But I had worries when a Hunnic Horse archer appeared on the horizon. The guy said he was just clearing barb camps. But several turns later he declared war and horse archers swarmed across my borders. I had gold at the time and bought a Dromon. My city attack plus my archer and Dromon did tons of damage to his horse archers. A single battering ram appeared and I nearly killed it but it retreated. I bought another Dromon while my capital built more archers. His horde of horse archers were being burned away but the battering ram from earlier appeared. And on the next turn he clicked a second before I did and so fell the great city of Constantinople. Besides just not allowing the Huns into multiplayer games what strategies are there to counter an early rush? It seems like civs with early UUs would be easier to defend with but those horse archers could probably just kill the melee UUs fairly easily. It seems like Babylon would be good since they have a nice archer UU and the walls of Babylon UB. So what civs and strategies/ tactics are good for countering a rush by the Huns.