I'm going to try to remind myself that most PC gamers are not hyper-entitled demandobots as I write this.
First, the AI in Elemental has been worked on a lot this past month. That is what Charles is working on.
Secondly, if you are beating the AI on ridiculous then you are almost certainly leveraging some hole in the AI's logic path. If you want this addressed, I suggest creating a post like "AI Suggestions". I feel pretty good about where the strategic AI is in terms of how it works for MOST people.
Third, I do plan to spend more time on the game's AI too but most of my "budgeted" time will be going to Fallen Enchantress which has radically different game mechanics.
Fourth, while I love AI work and wish I could spend all my time on it, that isn't what my job here at Stardock is. I do the core AI stuff on our games and then others come in after me. The core work on War of Magic's strategy AI is there. Fixing loopholes is something that can easily be addressed and doesn't require my time specifically to do that.
Fifth, guys, come on. Do you want a forum where you're only dealing with "community managers" (i.e. how it is everywhere else) or do you want to actually get to talk to the development team and company CEO? If it's the latter then cut the atittude. You bought a video game. I paid money to see the Last Air Bender. It took time. Real time. To recover from that experience but I did. There are disappointments in life. At least here, we have the ability and willingness to address a person's disappointment. Don't talk to us like you're some sort of pissed off Phantom Menace fan at a Star Wars convention.
If you want something, ask for it. Specifically.
Saying "I can't bother completing a game because I'm so good that the AI, even on ridiculous is no challenge" is obnoxious. Seriously. I've been playing games for decades and I know the AI on Elemental v1.11 is pretty decent overall.
A better thing to say would be "When I play the game on ridiculous I have found that I can win the game every time if I do X, Y, and Z." Because I know that most users (including myself) can't even come close to surviving on ridiculous. Heck, half the so-called "ridciulous AI winners" who send me saved games have the AI set to NORMAL and just set the world difficulty to ridiculous.
Now, I'll let people vent on how they're offended that I would talk to them "unprofessionally" or whatever they imagine how someone who is making a video game on a forum should talk to them and vow never to purchase anything from us again or what not. So take my comment in the spirit it is given - an optimistic hope that people who want to interact with us will interact with us in a way that will leave both parties feeling good and motivated to do cool stuff together in the future.