I have posted pages and pages of criticisms on this forum. After the patch, the game is MUCH better.
- I can't win NEARLY as easily, which is probably the single biggest improvement. AI's actually attack me. I lost 3 times today on ridiculous, which has never happened before.
-exp nerf makes the game much more challenging.
-heal nerf ditto
-tech pacing is better
-giving heroes injuries if they fall in battle even if you win is a huge improvement
-watermill nerf makes a lot of sense
I would say there are still significant problems in the underlying mechanics (city building, caravans etc etc), but the game is playable, challenging, and fun for the first time. I have found setting the speed to high, and resource abundance to low is the best way to play from a strategic perspective.
Keep up the great work!