I'm not even out of the BCs yet, but if you haven't started, there may possibly be spoilers for you in the following. I've had a lousy start to this game Just a few turns in Barbarian CHARIOTS appeared! My overmatched warriors have been fighting Chariots and Archers ever since. I've seen one barb horse other than a bunch I popped from a hut. I've lost several cities and settlers (not to mention warriors) and had to pay off the barbs to avoid having my capital sacked. I've managed to explore most (I think) of the island and currently have about 6 cities, but none over size 2 Now that I have Phalanx and Archers myself I think the situation will stabilize, but it has really put me behind. 5th in population! I"ve got my work cut out for me to get back on top in this game.