Each time there is a patch, I begin a new game. This game is my 4th. I play on an easier difficulty because I like to win.
I am on turn 185 with 15 cities.
I produce 53 arcane research a turn, which would be great if my champions mana didn't go to zero.
I produce 32 tech research. Right now it takes about 12 turns to research a military tech and 6 turns to research most of the other techs.
With parties and magic, I can wipe out entire civilizations. But I stumble upon creatures in the woods with 24 attack rating and 20 hitpoints! I would like to play on higher difficulties, but the creatures in the woods scare me. I am asleep in my town, but wake up 4 times a night because I think they are coming for me.
1. Stop AI from researching adventure so much. What is funny is some AI did, then all the goodies spawned, but they never picked them up? I am plowing through their lands and picking up goodie huts.
2. Make the weapons research progression ... progressive. I would love for the weapons after maces to have a higher attack value than 6.
3. Give me a reason to equip my champions with armor and weapons. (1) Equipment is so expensive. (2) They need to automically gain hps. (3) They would lose a battle against a part of footsoldiers. Would Maximus lose a fight with four soldiers? I don't think so.
4. Stop the mana drain.
My overall comment is this: There needs to be balancing in the areas of (1) other factions vs. creatures, (2) champions vs. units, and (3) tech research vs. equipment.