I've played BtS since it came out. For years I was an indifferent player. Now, I am trying to move up to Monarch. I play and discard games in a matter of hours trying to learn what I need to know. It's a slog, and I am obviously missing something as I never win. My most recent game was Monarch, Continents, normal, Time VC, Standard map with 6 Civ's. I was Suleiman and had Augustus Caesar and Gilgamesh on my continent. My city count was comparable to theirs, five a piece. Open Borders with both. Gil declared on AC and asked me along. I said sure as I had a stack of Swordsmen and Axemen to throw in to the fray. It was at that point that I realized that AC had Longbowmen. AND adopted Vassalage. WITHOUT FEUDALISM!!! What gives?!?!?!?! Any one know? And is there a way to stop it? I suspect it's part of the bumps the AI gets as the difficulty level increases, but, I've seen Triremes in the middle of the ocean before, so, maybe it's a bug?