Clearly, I'm doing something wrong in Civ IV. I've been playing Michael online for a few weeks now, and he consistently gets a few techs ahead of me - which rapidly becomes a deficit I can't get out from under. I'm doing something wrong early, and I think it's the build sequence I use at start. Here's what I have been doing:
I think I'm getting killed at step 3 - the barracks takes a long time to build. Should I be building a settler at that step? Doing that prevents the city from growing during the settler build. Maybe I should build a stop gap unit, like a scout or another warrior, and then go to the settler? I'm open to suggestions...