Sometimes this game seems broken. Usually by turn 150, I can tell whether my game is going to be playable and enjoyable, or is simply going to turn to crap. In my most recent game, which has seriously put me off civ for quite a while, Rhoanna had declared war on me by turn 100 - no big deal, apparently she didn't even have horseback riding or copper. By turn 150, she has ten cities and stacks of horse archers. I'm struggling against her and the barbs to hold on to three cities. Meanwhile the rest of the landscape is filling up with barb cities which Rhoanna can conquer and hold with just one horse archer. Why bother playing anymore. This is only one example - nine out of ten games turn out like this. There is absolutely no point.