Hey, I used to play a lot of FFH multiplayer. At some point it became obvious that our skills had reached the point where on any difficulty level the AI either steamrolled us within the first hour or we would slowly but surely win the game. So we started playing against each other and noticed just how imbalanced and potentially unbalancable FFH was for competitive multiplayer (I believe that there is a complexity threshold beyond which effective balance is not attainable; I also believe that FFH is several light hours beyond that threshold). So we switched over to BtS itself and have been having lots of fun playing small, fast, competitive games. Now the other day my friend felt a little under the weather and we decided to have a look at FFH again after some time of absence. We decided to go for a large map, play as a team, and play against some four enemy AI teams at Monarch. Surely this wouldn't exactly challenge us, but we might have a fun game before it becomes obvious that we've won. He played Khazad, me Kuriotates. We never got around to settling a second city, losing badly to the barbs at first. My Baldur became whither and poisoned from some unique lizardman assassin and was useless until he hit March. Generally we had the impression that we had been doing spectacularly badly and that the AI might even have a chance to defeat us this time around. I mean it was round 150 or so in an epic game and we both only had one city and had just barely managed to spread our religion from me to him. So Varn Gossam, who is slightly above us, points-wise, settles a city right by my border, threatening to take away the only Bronze we had between us (I would trade it to my friend from time to time so he could upgrade his units). I thought, oh well, might as well declare war and go for it. I had a stack of maybe 7 or 8 swordmen and my Bambur, just recently unpoisoned but still whithered. The city by my border had... one warrior and one lightbringer. Okay... maybe he forgot to move units. I raze that city and the next (2 warriors) and come to his capital... where I see one warrior and one lightbringer. Seriously, what the hell? I don't remember the AI being anywhere near this bad. I'm wondering what kind of priority AI work is right now in FFH. Monarch was the kind of difficulty where before we sometimes had to try a little harder during early game not to be bulldozed by bronze working units. This time, ages after we casually hit bronze working, neither does the AI have any BW units nor have they built more than 1-2 units per city. Essentially they surrendered. For now we're putting FFH aside again, but we used to love the mod so much I'm sure we'll check back eventually.