I'm playing on Immortal: - Random leader (Brennus (spiritual, charismatic)) - Normal, standard Pangea - No tech trading/brokering - No random events - Agressive AI - No barbarians I was doing very well in the early game and my score, to my surprise, was actually on par with that of the other civs. Around 1300 AD, however, Bismarck declared war on me. I was able to fend of his first three waves, but he steamrolled me with an endless supply of cuirassiers and grenadiers, while I was holding a hill-city filled mostly with longbowmen. In total, I managed to kill 29 cuirassiers, 9 trebuchets & catapults, 4 grenadiers etc etc., and I lost about 27 longbowmen and 10 pikemen. And most of Bismarck's army was still coming. How in the world am I supposed to match these kinds of numbers of units, without crippling my economy (upkeep alone would be devastating)? The only solution that allows me to get emperor+ victories is to just hold out and pray that no AI attacks me, until I make it to assembly line and start pumping out infantry with the help of factories. How do you guys deal with this?