It should be set to turn, not date. The dates between game speeds do not correlate to how far into the game you are whatsoever. Take a look at DaveMcW's graph in the beta gauntlet 3 thread for evidence. Now I'm not saying they should show up on the same turn number, but they should show up on the same % of game completed. I don't know how to convert your dates to turn numbers so I can't say if that's the case or not myself. As for the technology issue, the barbs do not have the most up to date techonology. The only time that may be the case is when they have axemen. But that's not unrealistic at all. It doesn't take a smart man to wield an axe. I have never seen a barbarian tank. Also, in a normal game there will be no barbarians left once you're halfway through the game and the entire world is settled, just like the planet earth. If you conquer the world and leave just one other civ and lots of unsettled land, I can make some very valid and realistic arguments for there being a lot of barbarians.