My very first game of BTS, playing on Warlord... (I played noble on vanilla) there have been some insane barbarian attacks. Every other turn or so since about 500BC, a barbarian archer comes out of the forests next to my civ. This has hugely hampered my expansion and though I am still about average in # of cities compared to my neighbors, I've only built one since this barb invasion began; it is now 700 AD. Most frequent invaders now are axemen, usually helped with an archer or two and I even got two swordsmen invading me a couple turns ago! I don't even have access to iron yet (no iron around at ALL ) and am just getting copper!!! I had to go into WorldBuilder and give myself an extra 5 archers and 2 chariots for fighting the axemen, or I would be overrun by now. Around 200BC, swarming out of the woodwork came 4 archers, 3 warriors, and 2 axemen all targeting one of my cities. I had to send all my extra units to defend it and it barely hung on... the barbs pillaged all its improvements too :-( Is this normal for BTS? I know bts is supposed to be a lot harder than vanilla on all difficulty levels, but this is just insane... keep in mind this was my first game so I left all the options (like raging barbs) OFF!!!