Hi, In every one of my games since vanilla till BNW, when Monty shows up, he miserably fails. Yes, he's a bully. Yes, starting next to him may be crippling because you get to sacrifice too much hammers for archers. And yes, he sometimes tears down one of his neighbours. That said, on the long run - and even on the middle run - what does he achieve ? Usually nothing. Other warmongers, like Bismarck or Alexander, are often runaways in my games (emperor difficulty most of the time). But Monty falls behind in tech and ends up as one of the gimps of the game, doomed to be conquered. OK, for once the game is quite realistic. Still, I'm puzzled at how lame this psycho is.