I have been playing with Askia and it's been incredibly easy. I have way too much gold. 450 per camp at epic speed is overwhelming. Maybe just a really good game. I am easily leading every column on deity. It's about to be colonial times and there are two capitals not under my control. No real resistance the entire game. They are trying. Good cities, nice armies. I am just so rich I buy units each turn and just bathe their lands in blood. The map isn't full yet so barbarians are still spawning. They cannot fill the map because they have been fighting me since turn 0. And it's all down to 450 gold per barbarian camp.