I have finally moved my way up to Immortal and have noticed something strange. Random, which in lower levels seemed to mean that you had an equal chance of something occurring, seems to change as you level up. And not in a good way. Few examples below: I seem to get a very tough opponent next to me every time now. If I play Caesar I get someone like Sitting Bull and his Dog Solders next to me nearly every time (perfect counter for me Praetorian rush). If I play Inca I get Monty, Van Orange gets Shaka/Toku (yes both most times), etc. And its not that this occurs sometimes, its nearly every game for me now. I cannot even remember the last game I played where I had Washington for example, and at lower levels I used to see him at the same rate as Shaka. You know, a random leader lol. My starts seem terrible a good portion of the time. When I am lucky enough to get a decent capital start on Fractal I nearly always am on my own island or with one other one AI. This while the others get to share an island with 4 neighbors and have a tech fest. Statically speaking dont I have a 5 in 7 chance of spawning on that island? It just seems my random spawn chance is no longer random and now is somewhat against me. Even the random number generator seems bugged now. For example: Today I had a stack of Calvary attack my stack of Infantry on a hill. He should lose a decent amount of them to random number right? Well not anymore, of the 11 battles they withdrew or killed my units 9 of them. I reload just to see if that was real and this time he withdraws/wins 10 times!? How is that random? And my once fun catapult rushes no longer seem to work since I lose nearly every single battle under 50%. Even at even odds I seem to lose a lot more than I win. I dont know, I just thought that as I worked my way up the ladder the game would give me a more challenging AI, not just cheat me in every random way it could. I kind of wish I could play Monarch again with a tougher AI than constantly getting a starting position with only one plains cow and desert all around me, usually on an isolated island, where when I attack even at 70% I know I have a good chance of losing. Getting kind of annoying to be honest. So my question is does the AI game the system to work against you at higher levels, or have I just suddenly gotten extremely unlucky? And either way does anyone have any ideas on how to keep the game fun at higher levels; I am getting kind of tired of getting screwed over by luck suddenly.