Its all about the Dromons. Top Ten things I like about them. 1 If you build a dozen of them as soon as you get the tech, you have the worlds best Navy right up until destroyers appear. 2 Because of the lethal bombardment, you almost never lose any of them, so an efficient use of shields. And you can start your golden age whenever you want. 3 I love it when they chase an enemy ship into a port and destroy it. That is just fun. 4 You can conquer the world with archers on some maps, because the dromons redline the garrison so archers are all you need. Iron? dont need it. Horses? Dont need it. 5 You can put a couple of them cruising the coast early and get a trading advantage by making first contact, and they can often cross deep water without sinking. More often than a galley, anyway. 6 If you stick a warrior on one, you can send it along the enemy coast to grab a slave or two. Okay, you can do that with any ship, but the dromon is more likely to make it back home alive with the slave cargo. 7 THat flamethrower thing just looks cool. 8 You can upgrade them to transports if you get the far up the tech tree before the game ends because you conquered everyone with your archers. 9 Chasing down an ironclad and sinking it with a thousand year old fleet of dromons, is fun. And silly, too. 10 They amplify your military, by adding firepower and speed of movement.