You're missing the point. For a lot of the posters in this thread (and others like it), the events they relate are part of the experience of playing Civ. Sharing them creates a sense of community for those posters, even if the event itself is annoying. We cackle evilly when we get the Tower Shields event, and yes, we groan and curse when a Forge burns down for the 3rd time while building Colossus. We all remember the losses at 98+% odds, while the wins at <10% are few and far between (because attacks at <10% are few and far between). For good or ill, ridiculous luck can make for memorable experiences when playing Civ. I get that you want a less random Civ, but not everyone shares your POV. For instance, if everyone played with events off, this thread would be a lot shorter and a lot less entertaining. IMO, of course.