I am a relatively new player that has a question about scouts . Ive read several threads that recommend building a couple scouts during the early game some even saying to make a couple right from the start. My question: How do you keep them alive/protected from Barbs? Most of the time I send them out and they get their ***es kicked within a few turns. Sure, they can defend themselves but not too well imo. Overall, I have found it a bit of a waste to make them; but since the suggestion to build a few at the start comes from (what I can tell) experienced players, I am wondering if I am missing something?? Thanks for suggestions.