Started playing yesterday, played couple of games on different difficulties and with CoS.
Just wondering about some things in general:
1. This does not seem like some other 4X games in terms of number of cities: I am kind of guessing, from my poor experience tho, that with capital and maybe two expansions of your own, the rest comes from conquering nicely positioned enemy cities - those that are way too close to mine I just raze. Am I wrong? Is there a rule of thumb on number of settlements?
2. What's the good way to organize armies? I realize that better AI and multiple wars active would require couple of parties to properly defend everything, but I tend to make one really strong army made of champions+ only, although I am yet to have a really good fight against enemy sovs - their armies tend to be really bad. Best fights I had so far were against neutrals. How do you play and what do you suggest?
3. I've just noticed champions keep their injuries even after a while; I thought they get cured. How does that work, don't tell me each time they get incapacitated it's a permanent injury? If so, how do you plan your battles?
4. When do you start using trained units in your armies? I find them dying too easily and having to retreat/move them around to keep them alive. Are they good when leveled, worth it, or wait until enough research has been made to produce some expensive, but good ones?