Wow! A lot has happened since I last looked. @Drendor: First my sincerest condoleances to Consul Linkowicius for his terrible bad luck! I thought I was the only one harassed by such a tedious harpy . The only thing I would hold you accountable for would be the fact that you signed a RoP with Magna Graecia and Cisalpine Gaul, our long hated enemies. Well time will tell if I'm right. Congrats on the two FL's though and many more to come! You said you were also training some Miles Socii and Eques. I doubt a 2hp cavalry is worth supporting. My hope was that pink gave the eques normal hps. Oh well, one unit I'll never bother with although I liked its graphics. @Consul Civfan: you seem to have saved the day with that elite ship and the rest. Tell me, did you have to load the game? Well it doesn't matter only for my curiosity (because if you haven't, you're one lucky b@st@rd - hope you take it as a compliment ). Also I was curious, by the time you got "ill", what were the westernmost cities controlled by Rome? Did we manage to get a hold on Valentia? I think this city is vital to meet Hannibal in battle as it's near Carthago Nova and conveniently beyond a river. Anyway great report. @Traianus: I'm sure the people of Rome will be tired of war by the time you ascend to power but I'm also sure you will be the one to tell them there's no other way to greatness. I'm guessing you're gonna go for Cisalpine Gaul? Wouldn't it be easier to take Bovianum and Syracusae before, now that the main army is south? Those Samnites were asking for it. Just a thought. @Pink: I've only now managed to download the patch and I like what I see. Well I liked your version of the pyramids more too . I hope you don't mind me taking that and some of the wonder splahes from RFRE. Cool leaderheads too. But the best part of all is the playable stuff I suppose. I'll just familiarize myself with the biqs before my turn which will probably coincide with Hannibal's march . Wouldn't miss out on that one for the world !! Well good luck to you all since that seems to be the main difference between the king and the pauper!