That is one possibility. But if you are struggling on noble, going up and getting beat up on prince might just frustrate the player and they might not understand enough of the game to know why they're losing (other than that they are getting invaded by multiple civs and destroyed). Playing without wonders forces the player to focus on other aspects of the game and when they can't tie up all their cities building wonders they have to build buildlings. And once the buildings are all built then they HAVE to build military units :hurrah!: In this way, they will probably have more military kicking around (at least in spurts) and thus have a higher probability of winning the game. Most newer players don't build nearly enough military and build too many wonders. Getting that priority switched around usually helps players go up a skill level or two imo.