I'm a long time Civ player but never got into it in great detail until I came across Ffh. I'm a huge fantasy fan and absolutely love the whole concept. That's when I really started getting more and more involved in the game mechanics. I usually play on Warlord or Noble settings, which I do ok with. After reading these forums and seeing everyone talk about playing on Deity levels and such I figured it would be interesting to challenge myself a bit more and bump up to something like Prince. But I FAIL horribly every time and usually just end up getting anger and shutting down the game. It's supposed to be fun right? My basic question is how do you deal with the constant barbarians?? I mean sure I can protect my cities, but after a few hundred turns and I can't keep any farms or mines going it gets frustrating. I usually load a game several times to at least get a decent starting position and then save frequently in case I make a mistake and want to try the last few turns over. This one map I had a beautiful beachfront city, found 3 villages that all three gave me techs...I mean, fishing AND sailing by turn 100 was sweet. But the goblin fort nearby kept pumping out barbarians and after losing all my improvements a few times I reloaded a saved game and pumped out my own warriors and surrounded their fort (it was on the coastline so I only needed to block 3 tiles). I thought this worked because they stopped attacking and I went on my merry way of building. I had a skeleton or two wandering around, but they were easily disposed of and they never messed with my improvements. Then, after building my second city, having great resources and such the barbarian axemen started coming. They must have build a nearby city in the fog. Again, I could protect myself, but not all my improvements and soon they destroyed everything that didn't have protection. It all fell apart then because the goblins I'd been ignoring for the last few hundred turns apparently saw the axemen and took a force of 6 goblins and tore through my blockade. I can't seem to find a happy medium when I play single player maps. They're either too easy with my dominating the map (which really gets boring) or me not being able to make any headway. Help!