Imhotep II: I would keep these small islands as they are. They were really arid and lightly populated, not producing much for the Roman economy but cannon fodder. So I don't think I will add rivers and trade ports there. Your game sounds to easy indeed. The main problem seems the AI can't deal with peace treaties (signing a unfavorable peace when on the verge to win the war!) and taking cities (not taking a city while it has a huge army nearby to do so!); I really wonder why? Now, what about a new patch, and start your new game on that basis ? I just have to add the Dacian UU and it will be ready. Tentatively, velites no longer build roads and neither do they fight slave unrests. Meanwhile, road building cost has been slightly reduced and catasta spawn slaves (1 per 20t).