Just some general thoughts. Do New Forests (generated by the Bloom spell) ever age and become regular forests? After roughly 100 turns in my current game, it didn't happen. And of course new forests can't become Ancient (which really messed up my elves -- I converted to Kilmorph and cut em all down!) Do barbarian animals REspawn? I usually see some at the beginning of the game, a fair variety. Seen gorillas, tigers, lions, bears, spiders. But once they die, they never seem to reappear. Not sure if this is how it always was, but just seems empty out there. I agree with the observation that the AC rises awful fast. Maybe it's just not scaled for gamesize/speeds yet, as I play most of my games on large/epic, but it seems it can't be controlled in any meaningful way. We're getting better and better every patch though. Time to go try an Order game to see if their priests are working.