I fully agree with you the barb setting is quite ridiculous especially after this patch. I only tried one emperor and one immortal game to test. In my emperor game my warrior was attacked by a horseman and a scout (barb scouts also attack now) at turn 7. Give me a break it's only turn 7! Some posters here will always tell you it's the player's fault for not building enough units and not killing the barb scouts. The problem is it just forces all players to play the early game with the same style. Even then it's still a matter of pure RNG god. No strategy can stop a horseman plus a scout at turn 7. Is it "fun"? To me it's just like playing football in a muddy field in a thunderstorm. Somebody will call it fun and tell you this tests your perseverance. To me this no longer tests your football skills but your luck and patience instead, and is not that fun.