(Before you continue reading this, bear in mind this is the Civ II for Playstation version I am referring to, not the PC version the majority of you talk about.) I've been playing my Civ II game on Warlord for ages now, until recently I thought I'd be brave and move up to Prince level What I found was shocking! The AI seems to have become more difficult 100 times over. In my first game of Prince ever, I encountered the Indians, in about 5 turns, who immediately demanded I handed over to them the secret of warrior code or something stupid like that, and when I refused, they declared war on me. Fair enough... but what amazed me was the strength of their units. I had a phalanx positioned on a forest tile nearby, which is meant to give you 150% defence bonus. A phalanx's normal defence rating is 2, and a horseman unit (which is what they were using) has an attack rating of 2. So, really, my phalanx should win, right? NO! My phalanx was annhilated. I couldn't even put the horsemans health into the yellow. The indians went on to beat the phalanx fortified in my nearby city, and captured it. As they begun to move closer to my capital, I switched off and started again. This time around, I placed at least 2 phalanx's in each city before moving on, and I placed my cities close together for support. I carried on. After encountering the Romans, guess what? I was threatened. Obviously, I refused, and war started. This time around, I gained the upper hand, and found one of their cities. After throwing my units against it like water against stone, I sent an explorer on a recon mission into their territory. What I found was shocking They had, like, 10 cities already. And this was right at the start of the game. I was still on 3 and working towards 5. Puzzled, I continued the war, doing my best to take over their smallest cities. I never succeeded, and instead fought a defensive war against hordes of elephants, slowly beating me down. After an eternity of struggle which was halting my advancement, I quit. Why is the AI so unfairly powerful on Prince level? Also, I noted that they advance very quickly and complete wonders in record-speed, while at the same time managing to churn out hundreds of very powerful units to pound at my cities. At least, when I play Civ II from now on, I know that my first priority is to expand like hell... if I'm going to stand any chance of survival. Am I alone in thinking this? Or is it just my inadequate Civ-playing skills have just brought shame onto all of you? Please reply.