I am really bad at defending against those culturally advanced 'Barbarians' coming to me in chain mail lusting to destroy things and kill my character. In most fights I succumb, so I try to use distance weapons to defend myself. That is, the crossbow and throwing heavy things on their heads. That is the way I achieved most of my kills, if any at all. I had the Barbarians switched off in my world settings because they were so annoying. As I had to concentrate on other things like advancing in technology and getting ore. Unfortunately, since the coming of iron, I ran out of bolts for the crossbow and there is no way of getting new ammunition yet. So this defense method got obliterate. Thought I still have the 'drop stuff on them' concept. So recently, I dared switch on my misbehaving friends, the Barbarians, who immediately came to pay their respects. Not one, not two, but three guys in fancy byrnies. My place had a stone wall, thanks to Keen Holyness, so I could keep them out. I climbed on the stone wall with my pockets full of timbers, logs and stones. I kept dropping things on them. They were sometimes literally covered with timbers. But they don't die anymore (or my altitude is insufficient, just one block) or wear invisible helmets. My method does not work. I had to go into melee just to find out I still succumb as if I were a little girl. (1) I see there is no advantage in using a sword. In fact it should be stronger in combat than mace or axe. (2) Combat seems erratic. You strike and just hope you hit him. Seldom you seem to hit, even with said superior weapon you won't scratch much of his chain mail while he places hit after hit on your leather apron and skull cap. I would wish for a combat system as seen in 'Mount and Blade Warband' years ago, where you can direct your blows better, and where is a blocking system, which lets me ask for a shield. I tried to do a little timing but to no avail. I just succumb and die. Again and Again. And each time one sword of my supply is gone. After the first group a second pack of three Barbarians came within some minutes (!). They must have accumulated over this period while I had them switched off, or what?? Enough! I can't deal with it. My only answer to this will be I switch them off again. It's too frustrating without crossbow being under constant attack of whole groups. -- My other claim is on high mountains with steep slopes and I thought about installation of logs which could be set loose and roll down the slope for killing advancing Barbarians, but this idea won't work as logs disappear while laying around on the ground, making it impossible to store their kinetic energy in place. -- So how are you dealing with this annoyance? You have better combat statistics? What is your trick to fight them?