Okay, so I took the day off and really played some Elemental
I found that the game is really way too easy.
I played on a Huge Map with all opponents on the most difficult settings, for both the map and AI.
The game economy starts slow, but then snowballs. Pretty soon you have all the cash and resources you need and all that with just 3 - 4 cities.
Then all you do is use your sovereign with some level 4 & 5 summons and a couple good troops and you whip out the AI.
I did not finish the game yet, since a huge map takes time, but I have about 10 cities now and no opposition.
Love the game, but was hoping 'Ridicules' setting was a little more challenging....