Okay, this is going to be seriously long, so listen up. Strategy Flaw 1: You left some of your villagers untasked for amazingly large amounts of time when they could be getting you resources. Strategy Flaw 2: Okay, this is a biggie: ALWAYS UPGRADE YOUR UNITS! You know how you upgraded your towers so that they could shoot arrows? Upgrading them further could seriously help; for example, the crennalations upgrade lets your buildings hat moving targets more easily and lets them hurt cavalry more. Your arrows are absurdly innacurate until you use that upgrade. Strategy Flaw 3: You also should upgrade your villagers and build more drop sites. You know that forest you started cutting first thing? You should've built a Storehouse right next to it first. Don't worrry; your villagers will automatically gather from the nearest trees or gold mines after they've completed the drop site. If your villagers have to walk about 2 houses or so in length to drop off their resources, then build a new drop site there. As your villagers cut away forests, it may be beneficial to build another storehouse closer to where they're cutting their logs. You can upgrade your villagers and here's how: Click on the drop site for whatever gather rate you want to upgrade. For example, click on the Storehouse. To upgrade the rate at which your villagers gather wood, click the Handaxe upgrade. They now gather wood about 10% more quickly, and the upgrade is well worth it. Once you advance to the next age, click the storehouse again. There should now be an upgrade called "Bow Saw." That increases gather rate for wood even further. As you advance through the ages, the boundaries to your technological improvements become even greater. You can upgrade your units even further by advancing to the next age in short. This applies to all units and buildings. You didn't let your villagers pray at your temple. For Greeks, that's how you gain favor. Favor is used to buy new Myth Units and to allow some upgrades made available by whichever god you've choosen to be bought. Once you hit the Classical Age, or at least shortly after, you should build a Barracks. That trains your most basic infantry. You could also build an archery range or stable. Those train archers and your most basic cavalry. You can have all three at once, so don't hesitate to build more. The units you build from there are also upgradable, kinda like they were with your villagers. You probably noticed, but you need certain buildings to advance through the ages. This is a bit long, and I still probably haven't answered all of your questions, and I know I haven't told you all of your flaws in strategy. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to tell you more about strategy.