Title pretty must says it all. I'm playing a domination game as Attila; epic pace, large Great Plains Plus map, emperor level, raging barbs. By turn 100 I had eliminated all my neighbors. Had to slow down a bit to consolidate my empire (happiness and money issues) Then went on the warpath again and took out another civ or two, but had to pull back to deal with barbarians back home. Now it's turn 200-something and there are 2 civs left (out of ten) and barbarians are still giving me fits. Just killing barbs is a full time job when everyone else on the map is dead; there's lots of empty space left. I will win this eventually, but I think I probably should have won already. All my domination games are like that. All the city states love me. I've returned dozens of captured workers. Alexander is one of the civs that's left and he's pissed because all but 1 or 2 CS's like me more than him. Anyway, do you just abandon most of the cities you capture and let the barbs pillage everything? I actually did that with Venice for a good part of the game because it was isolated, and that worked okay; once the barbs pillage everything they can't heal anymore by pillaging, and just the city defense can fight them off. And all the pillaging keeps the population down a bit, which helps with happiness. I think I'm also leaving good cities as puppets too long. I should probably have 5 or 6 cities building horse archers, horsemen, and pikes instead of just 2... Maybe "raging barbarians" was a mistake when I set up the game, but even without that there are the happiness and gold issues. I'm wondering if I can ignore happiness and just keep plowing ahead and keep my empire solvent using the gold from city captures?