playing as gilden.
I must say I like much better the early game, the troops are fairly useful.
There are some monster HP oddities - ie. some wolves have 12 hp and others (in the same army) have 120, you might want to check that.
darklings that come in 20 with charge, MY MY they're dangerous now. which is good.
The only thing, is that I think the AI is somehow crippled. Not sure what the deal is but I am about 700 in power when all other factions have around 300.
I am playing at sentinemodo, so they have good boost to both initial gold and boost to research and economy.
Might be, that the latest upgrade to mosnter is crippling them more than me.
MIght be that they lack good unit designs now.
Might be, that they need to have higher priority put on training armies. They are really needed in the early game, both my sovereign and champion were killed in the early battles, so I imagine this must happen quite often to the AIs.