I play one level below the top most of the time (Immortal, I think it is called). I just tried out Morocco for the first time, and I found the Kasbah to be pretty impressive. Yes, I got Petra. I nearly beelined for it, and I am sure as you probably are that this made all the difference. But with the start bias, this has to be a common occurrence for Morocco. I also got the desert religion, which pretty well carried my religious numbers throughout the game. So I had desert tiles producing 2 food, 2 hammers, 1 gold, 1 faith starting in renaissance. The flood plains (hydro) and hills were even more. I had several Berber horseback dudes go the distance to tanks. They were nearly unkillable on all those Kasbahs. I have had games with Denmark and Inca go well with Petra, but this was never even a fight, even with aggressive neighbors Harald Bluetooth and Attila. Is this experience shared by others?