Yes, this is very true. You must cripple SB before he gets longbows, else have fun with catapults against CGIII 6-strength units right out the gate. And once AIs get rifling (they never did in my game but they may if you leave them alone for long enough), things get more complicated...you'll have to obtain cannons and rifles of your own, turning a previously fast conquest into an even slower grind. I think I may have built just 3 libraries this entire game, and only in self-founded cities...if nothing past guilds/engineering matters much, why bother with long-term teching? Anyways, looking forward to your SOG™ comparison .