The fact the the game incentives striving for a Dark Age is indeed silly. You should never strive to get either a Dark Age or a Normal Age. You should ALWAYS be striving for a Golden Age, and if you fail you wind up with a Normal Age. If you drastically fail, you suffer a Dark Age. Also, I think they should get rid of Heroic Ages and make it so that you choose 1 dedication in a Normal Age and 3 dedications in a Golden Age.