Did you set your opponent's difficulty to novice? Some people set the world to novice thinking this affects the difficulty of the computer players.
Yes, the opponent is also set to novice. I even disabled Minor Factions.
I just started a new game and took a different approach. This time I am focusing purely on Gilder when my city levels, and recruiting champions all the time, I also follow them around the map until I can afford them....following the Pokémon rule here: Gotta get em all!
Seems to be going slightly better this time round. But I have not ventured far from my city yet. Spaming out Labs and Academy's like crazy.
I know this is not the place to mention this, but I do have 2 functions that I REALLY miss.
1. When in the build menu, there should be a number showing how many of a building you have in a city... Like a (5) next to hut.
2. When engaging combat, I would like to be able to set a formation of my troops. Right now it seems random, and often my Main Character is WAAAAY in a corner, and troops are spread out as if they are drunk.
I mean seriously, it's as if my troops have no idea how to engage combat since their placements are so retarded. I spend valuable turns just getting them all in order.
Also, I do find it worrisome that this community even finds the highest difficulty too easy! If this game is taking it's bases off from "hardcore/professional" gamers then this game will NOT attract new players like myself. And from what I am experiencing so far, I can't recommend it to anyone.
A game should be fun and enjoyable, not a huge effort and the need to study and read a massive amount of community tutorials etc.