Hi all. Had this game ages but only recently gotten round to playing it for various reasons. Can I ask your opinion of the following queries please, you might just say 'thats how the game is' which is fair enough. Im liking the game atm, but not 'loving' it. 1- My games all seems the same- I cant afford many units, there is a sense im just sat in my towns, rallying my troops together to massacre the AI when they come at me and stand outside my towns. I defea tthem en masse, I advance and they have built a load of new units. I can beat these np, but it would take me a long time to recover from such a defeat in the field. 2- I never seem to sail anywhere or find the need for it? Even tho I play as England (navy stuff), I just find myself playign them as im from England....and their bowmen outrange cities. 3- I dont feel like im building an empire, just a constant struggle to keep my people 'happy'. Maybe thats because me increasing towns and population too quick? I always feel im fighting the 'unhappyness' with each building. 4- How can I slow the game down. The early days just seem a blur to me. Pointless doing anything but building up. Before I know it im firing artillery at things (ive set it to the long setting (I think), marathon I think its called. The game seems to breif and ive never yet known a war or real battle between ancient civilisations....jsut skirmishing in a race to tanks etc. Cheers for any advice.