I consider myself an intermidiate Civ player, I win Monarch, but yesterday I got my ass kicked big time from the Barbarian hordes (God I hate them). Anyway I started experimenting a bit with different type of maps and game speed. I used to play Standard size Continets/Terra, normal speed, most of the time. Then I figure it out to try Tectonics, and I can say, that I fancy it a lot. I also tried to change the game speed from normal to epic. When I play Tectonics, I don't even notice Barbs, but then yesterday I tried Continents on epic speed with random leader and I got Shaka. By the time I got the third settler up, there was already 3 Barb cities with at least 3 archers fortified, bordering me! And then they took my second city since I did not have a good spot to settle, I just built infrastructure. Yes, I had copper, I had Impies, but it was so many of them. Long story short I found the refuge in "quit to desktop". My questions are: 1) Is there a different level of barb activity associated with different map types? With everything else being the same (assuming, Monarch, epic speed). 2) I'm hearing that the game is not balanced properly in epic, what do you mean by that, and in that terms what is the best game speed in your opinion, in terms of balance of course? As usual, thanks in advance.