I just cannot seem to make the jump from difficulty 3 to 4. I am slaughtering opponents in difficulty 3 by Civ victory score of well over a thousand, my games usually end anywhere from 1975-2005. I have had various Scientific victories and Diplomatic victories, so I am not settled on one play style. My settings are Random Leader, Continents, standard pace, huge world 12 civs 30 city states-------I don't want to change these settings so any help please bear that in mind. My problem is on difficulty 4 I Just cant seem to get off the ground. My first try with the Huns was abysmal. Battering rams? Forget about it. Too busy fending off waves of barbarians by the time I was deep into Classical Era I was in 11th and 12th place in every category. I tried with the Austrians. I had 5 military units and COULD NOT keep up with the barbarians , who just seemed to spawn camps endlessly. I actually almost got overran in this game by the time I quit. Once again 11th and 12th in the classical era in almost every category. What should my build order be for the first 5 or 6 things? How fast should I get that second city? How fast should I get the third city down? How many cities should I put down before I start to get into a groove and feel like I can expand at ease? What should I primarily be concentrating on? Any help for guiding me to transistion from Warlord to Prince would be grateful. Thanks.