Getting started on the heady road to success: 1. Try to start building your city between two rivers or better still and area of land where two rivers converge. Instead of building walls to enclose the city put down a line of wells - the barbarians can't cross water or destroy the wells so your city always gets off to a good start. 2. Raise your personal income to around 100 denari so you can build up a personal fortune. Thay way you can use your wealth to invest when times get hard. Only accept promotion when you've got maximum personal fortune. 3. Don't build houses close to industry and workshops - people won't live there and the houses won't get past the second stage of development. 4. People want to live close to the forum - bath houses and oracles. Make sure houses have the necessary water supply and if you build roads near them they're much more likely to grow. 5. Don't forget to take care of the provincial level - you must keep the barbarians out of your city. Increase the slave wages and army wages straight away - it's worth making the army wages absurdly high. Assign more slaves than you need to all the duties (particulary fire prevention) and when you've recruited plenty of soldiers switch to the provincial level. Place a couple of cohorts as a precautionary measure and make them patrol around your city. Spend some time on the provincial map watching for where the barbarian ships are landing and when you see where the troops come ashore. Put a line of wall along the coast. The next time the barbarians land they should be trapped on the beach and they won't be able to knock down the wall. You can now carry on building your city in peace just make sure the walls don't deteriorate.